Negotiations between the Los Angeles Lakers and Tyronn Lue have ended without an agreement to make him the franchise’s next head coach, league sources told ESPN.

Some sources suggested Rambis and his wife were responsible for the deal falling through.  

Now according to reports, one reason Lue withdrew his name from consideration was because the Lakers wanted to hand select some of the assistants on his staff.

According to Yahoo Sports’ Vincent Goodwill, the Lakers wanted to force Lue to bring on Kurt Rambis as an assistant, which he wasn’t interested in. 

And what’s worse, asking Lue to take on Rambis as an assistant, a no-no according to sources close to Lue, feels like the Lakers want their walls bugged and feared a LeBron takeover — as if Lue would allow himself to be used as a puppet.

In addition to Lue’s resistance to hiring the Lakers’ preferred assistants, he was also “insulted” that the team only offered him a three-year, $18 million deal. 

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Dave McMenamin, Lue’s camp was seeking a five-year deal with a salary commensurate with a championship résumé. The former Lakers guard was reportedly “insulted” by the Lakers’ offer. 

The search for a new puppet continues. 

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