The LA Lakers coaching hunt is still going strong, but there seems to be no clear frontrunner right now.
They are hoping to land a coach who can integrate Russell Westbrook in offense and utilize the star point guard to the best of his abilities. Moreover, Westbrook is reportedly on the trade block himself, but moving him is not going to be an easy task.
On that note, let's dive into the rumors surrounding the Purple and Gold in the last 24 hours.
Front office not ready to pair first-round picks with Russell Westbrook in trade deal
The LA Lakers are aware they aren't in the best shape to contend for a title, and leveraging more of their future on this failed experiment would be quite risky.
They are reportedly refusing to pair first-round picks with Russell Westbrook for a trade deal. Westbrook has been on the hot seat since the Lakers' season ended, and many have predicted that he could depart the franchise. However, no trade deal seems to favor the Lakers unless a draft pick is added to the offer.
Front office and players might disagree at head coach choice
Recent reports suggest that the front office and locker room might be at odds regarding the coach choice.
"I think those guys want a young coach they can mold a little bit," one Western Conference executive told Heavy.com. "I just think that they want a guy they can point in the direction they want to go, more traditional basketball, using Russell Westbrook a certain way."
However, when it comes to LeBron James, the reports suggest the Philadelphia 76ers coach is more likely.
"If LeBron could pick, it’s pretty certain he’d pick Doc."
LA Lakers narrowing search down to three candidates
The Lakers have reportedly met with former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts for their coaching opening. They are scheduled to meet with two more assistants in the near future.
Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson and Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham are both set to be interviewed by the front office in the coming days.
Should Laker Nation expect the news to break soon?
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