Vogel to interview for Lakers job

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In response, one former Cavs player went on social media to express sympathy for three of the central figures in this situation: Lue, former Cavs forward LeBron James and former Lakers head coach Luke Walton.

Lue, 42, also had a history with the Lakers, where he was a reserve point guard on the 2000 and 2001 championship-winning teams. Still, who knows what whispers will emerge if Los Angeles strikes out in free agency and the trade market over the summer and.

It's the first time in years that James hasn't been a force in the National Basketball Association playoffs, which has also opened the door for a new team to emerge from the Eastern Conference.

"Nothing is out of bounds right now", Smith said during an appearance on SportsCenter.

The latest round of allegations and rumors stemmed from the Lakers and Tyronn Lue ending talks that would have made Lue the Lakers' next coach.

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Then, a pair of James' former teams are in the mix, with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Miami Heat at 10-1 (+1000).

"You've got folks close to Jeanie Buss imploring her to trade LeBron James", Smith said.

The Los Angeles Times was the first to report the Lakers' plans to interview Vogel. He was hired by the Brooklyn Nets and coached the team from 2014-16. "So, making a move like this, by not bringing in the coach he wants, not securing the coach he wants in Los Angeles, you never know what dominos are going to fall right now", Smith added.

James signed a four-year deal with the Lakers prior to the start of last season. It's been palace intrigue ever since, with Buss' 66-percent share in the Lakers split evenly among his six children - and Jeanie (romantically linked with Jackson at the time) taking over as team governor.

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