There was a time where it looked like the Lakers were going to hire both Lue and Vogel, but talks fell apart during negotiations between Lue and the team. In her latest for the Los Angeles Times, Tania Ganguli broke down why Lue and the Lakers were unable to come to an agreement and it appears that they disagreed on a variety of topics, including Jason Kidd:
According to a person close to the Lakers management, through the negotiation process the Lakers developed concerns about Lue’s fit with the organization. Part of those concerns stemmed from Lue’s disagreement with the Lakers about who would be on his staff. While they agreed on Vogel, they disagreed on Jason Kidd, whom the Lakers insisted he include. They also balked at Lue’s counter to the three-year deal the offered.
Coaches are usually given free will to hire their own coaching staff, but after an unpleasant experience with Luke Walton and his assistants, the Lakers wanted to take matters into their own hands this time around. From the sounds of it, Lue was willing to compromise a little bit on that front, but he wasn’t on board with hiring Kidd. Why?
No one knows for sure, but it might have something to do with his off-the-court issues or his lack of success during his stints as a head coach in Milwaukee and Brooklyn. I mean, a year after dismissing Kidd, the Bucks are two games up in the Eastern Conference Finals and ended the regular season with the best record in the NBA. The Lakers saw that and said, “Hey, you who we need? The guy they fired!” Lue apparently disagreed, and it’s hard to blame him.
Maybe Kidd ends up being a great hire for the Lakers and helps the team’s young core reach their full potential, but the fact that a championship-winning head coach refused to work with him isn’t a great sign. Hopefully their gamble pays off.