Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz on Coaching Search and NBA Draft

With the 2014 NBA draft approaching, the Los Angeles Lakers have still yet to find their head coach, and rumors about both the coaching search and the No. 7 overall pick continue to spread throughout the Association.

Only two vacant head coaching positions remain, with the jobs open for the Lakers and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The New York Knicks most recently filled their vacancy by hiring former Lakers point guard Derek Fisher, as he'll be joining another former member of the Lakers in Phil Jackson.

As the offseason continues to drag on without a new Lakers head coach, let's take a look at some of the newest rumors regarding both the NBA draft and the team's coaching search.


Are the Lakers Intentionally Delaying the Coaching Search?

Many people have criticized the Lakers for taking this long to find a new head coach. Potential candidates like Fisher, Steve Kerr, Stan Van Gundy and even Mark Jackson have found new jobs in some form or another, leaving the Lakers with few options.

Apparently, that might have been the Lakers' plan all along.

According to Sam Amick from USA Today, the Lakers have been intentionally dragging out the process to potentially bring in another superstar to play alongside Kobe Bryant, saying:

The slow pace of the Lakers' coaching search that began April 30 when Mike D'Antoni resigned has been timed deliberately with the upcoming free agency period in the NBA, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Specifically, the idea that the Lakers could beat the odds and land the likes of the Heat's LeBron James, the New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony or any of the other superstars who may be free agents on July 1 has led the Lakers to plod through their process so as to not limit their potential options.

The idea that the Lakers could recruit someone like LeBron or Carmelo isn't impossible. Bot...

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