Lakers Rumors: Latest Rumblings Surrounding Head Coaching Vacancy

Since Mike D'Antoni resigned as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach following the worst season in franchise history, there's been plenty of speculation regarding who will take the reins of this historically successful franchise.

We could be in store for a turbulent offseason in Los Angeles, as the team is seemingly fluctuating between adding youth for an upcoming rebuild and looking for star power for a quick run at a championship.

No matter which direction the team takes, the first step is adding a head coach.



There's been several names linked to the Lakers recently.

One option appears to be veteran coach Mike Dunleavy, according to a report from ESPN's Chris Broussard. He writes, "Dunleavy, who has coached four NBA teams over 17 years, is also a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' open job, according to a source."

Dunleavy would be an interesting choice considering his ties with former Lakers coach and current New York Knicks president Phil Jackson.

Another name linked to the team was Connecticut Huskies head coach Kevin Ollie.

Ollie became a hot name after leading UConn to a surprising national title over the Kentucky Wildcats in the 2014 NCAA tournament.

Things changed Monday.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Ollie signed an extension to stay in Connecticut:

No longer considering himself a candidate for NBA coaching jobs, University of Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie has agreed in principle to a $3 million-plus annual contract extension, sources told Yahoo Sports on Monday. The deal could be worth more than $15 million over a five-year term, sources said.

Wojnarowski stated the Lakers were "intrigued" by Ollie but never formally reached out to the coach.

So, with Dunleavy as a potential option, and Ollie now out of play, who else may be on the Lakers' radar?
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers