ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski: LeBron James Prefers Ty Lue As Lakers Head Coach

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The coaching hire that appeared inevitable when the Lakers let Luke Walton go seems likely to come to pass.

"The expectation is the Lakers will move toward Ty Lue as head coach, but there's been no offer made to him yet, league sources tell ESPN", Woj wrote on Twitter. Lue, of course, already has a working relationship with Lakers forward LeBron James as the pair won the 2016 National Basketball Association championship together in Cleveland.

Beyond his relationship with James, Lue has ties to the Lakers as a player.

Now it looks like Lue is the favorite to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Former Lakers coach Phil Jackson suggested to team owner Jeanie Buss that Lue would be a good coach for the Lakers, Turner reports.

The 42-year-old led the Cavaliers to the 2016 National Basketball Association title after replacing the fired David Blatt that January, then took Cleveland to the finals the next two years, losing to Golden State.

Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams are seemingly the leading candidates, while Juwan Howard has also met with Lakers representatives. There were high expectations placed on the Lakers this season thanks to the addition of LeBron James, although the team wasn't able to deliver. The team reportedly has no plans to introduce new candidates into the head coaching search process.

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