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Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams considered frontrunners to replace Luke Walton as Lakers head coach

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Luke Walton and the Lakers have mutually agreed to part ways. His replacements have close ties to both LeBron James and Anthony Davis

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After mutually agreeing to part ways with head coach Luke Walton on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers reportedly already have a replacement for Walton in mind: former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Lue is considered the frontrunner to land the Lakers’ head coaching job and reunite with LeBron James, who he won a championship with during his four years in Cleveland:

Philadelphia 76ers’ assistant Monty Williams is also expected to be among the candidates the Lakers will give serious consideration, according to Wojnarowski (and Brad Turner of the L.A. Times):

Lue is the biggest name of the two because of his aforementioned relationship with James and his ties to the Lakers organization as a player, but Williams has ties around the league that make him an interesting candidate a team looking to add a superstar this summer.

Williams was the head coach in New Orleans from 2010 to 2015. During that time, he formed a close bond with Anthony Davis, who the Lakers will likely re-engage in trade talks with the Pelicans for this summer.

After his time with the Hornets/Pelicans, Williams briefly served as the associate head coach for the Oklahoma City Thunder under Billy Donovan during the 2015-16 season. While he was only with the team for one season, he made a lasting impact on impending unrestricted free agent Kevin Durant.

While ties to superstar players shouldn’t be the lone thing the Lakers look for in their next head coach, it certainly shouldn’t hurt their chances. These are just the first couple of names to appear, though. Expect the list to grow with a few more high-profile names over the next couple of days.

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