The NBA coaching carousel is spinning toward former Husker Tyronn Lue becoming the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Phoenix Suns announced Friday they have hired Monty Williams as head coach. Williams and Lue were believed to be the top two candidates for the Lakers.
So now that Williams is headed to Phoenix, ESPN reported the Lakers “will move toward Ty Lue as head coach, but there’s been no offer made to him yet.” Lue conducted multiple interviews with the Lakers since they parted ways with former coach Luke Walton on April 12.
If Lue does land the Lakers job, it would reunite him with LeBron James, whom he coached to an NBA championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Lue got his first head coaching job when he replaced David Blatt in Cleveland during the 2015-16 season. The Cavs finished that regular season 57-25 and earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference before going on to defeat the Golden State Warriors in the finals.
With Lue as coach, the Cavaliers returned to the NBA Finals in each of the next two seasons, but lost both times to the Warriors.
James left Cleveland for Los Angeles before the 2018-19 season. Lue remained, but he was fired after an 0-6 start.
The Lakers went 37-45 this season and missed the playoffs, though James only played 55 games and was inactive for nine of the final 14 contests.
After 11 seasons playing in the NBA, Lue began his coaching career in 2011 as an assistant for the Boston Celtics. He also worked on staffs with the Clippers and Cavaliers before rising up to head coach in 2016.
Lue was a two-time All-Big 12 guard during his career at Nebraska. He helped lead the Huskers to the NIT championship in 1996. In February 2017, Lue had his No. 10 jersey retired by Nebraska.