For a few days, it looked like the Los Angeles Lakers had found their next head coach in former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue.
One contract dispute later, the Lakers are back at square one and moving onto the next group of coaching candidates, including one coach the team was previously considering for an assistant job.
Lakers expand their coaching search
Per The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers are now considering former Brooklyn Nets head coach Lionel Hollins, former Indiana Pacers head coach Frank Vogel and former Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Woodson.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 8, 2019
All three of those candidates obviously have head coaching experience, albeit with a combined 882-928 career record. Vogel — the only candidate who has reached a conference final — was reportedly in the mix to join Lue’s staff as the top assistant, but the Lakers have obviously re-evaluated their position.
Those three coaches join a pool of candidates that also includes former Milwaukee Bucks head coach Jason Kidd and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.
Obviously, none of those names are going to excite Lakers fans, but at this point, it’s becoming clear that the team doesn’t have as much leverage as it thinks it does as it seeks a replacement for the fired Luke Walton.
Probably not what you want to see from a team that seems to be banking on adding a premier free agent this offseason.
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