Lakers Rumors: Latest Buzz Surrounding L.A.’s Coaching Search

Ever so slowly, the Los Angeles Lakers front office is moving toward hiring the organization's next head coach.

All but two of the NBA teams with head-coaching vacancies over the offseason have filled the spot, with the Lakers and Cavaliers as the lone teams without a front man ever since the Knicks hired Derek Fisher. Despite moving slowly, L.A. has seemingly started to narrow down the search to a short list and even interviewed one candidate for the second time.

Let's get right to it and break down the latest Lakers coaching reports.


List of Candidates Down to 3

After weeks and weeks of feeling out the coaching market, conversing with some top targets and eliminating others, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak looks to be circling around three names to fill the vacant spot.

According to Bleacher Report's Howard Beck, those three are Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott:

Another Jackson loyalist, Kurt Rambis, could join the Knicks as Fisher's lead assistant. However, Rambis also remains a favorite for the Lakers' head-coaching position, according to league sources. The Lakers have interviewed at least a half-dozen coaches, but sources say they are focused on three primary candidates: Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Byron Scott.

Of course, this long, drawn-out process has involved Kupchak and the Lakers reaching out to some popular, home run-hire names like John Calipari, Kevin Ollie, Jeff Van Gundy and more, per the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan.

But this list of Rambis, Gentry and Scott more resembles the type of names that the Lakers can realistically work with.

Rambis and Scott have fond memories of playing for the Lakers in the Showtime days, and Gentry has been looking for a new head-coaching gig ever since the Suns parted ways with him in 2013. None of the three will be the big splash that many expected whe...

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