The Los Angeles Lakers are in the process of making a decision that will alter the course of the franchise for the next decade. However, the process of selecting the next head coach is out of their hands until the NBA holds the Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 20th.
The Lakers have been talking to a number of coaches over the last couple of weeks to gauge interest in the position. Candidates such as Kevin Ollie, John Calipari, Roy Williams, Byron Scott, Kurt Rambis, and others have been in contact with Mitch Kupchak and the Buss family. Others, such as Derek Fisher have yet to be contacted. However, the candidates who have spoken to the Lakers are rumored to be holding off on actual interviews until after the Draft Lottery.
The Lakers job is intriguing to candidates for obvious reasons: big market, historic franchise, great weather, tons of money. But it looks like the candidates are more interested in how the Lakers are going to build their roster and that starts with where the Lakers lottery pick lands. Currently the Lakers have a 6.3% chance to land the first overall pick and a 21.5% chance of landing a top three pick.
Kupchak and the Buss family have made it clear that they intend to rebuild the franchise through free agency rather than leave it up to the ping pong balls. However, potential coaching candidates seem to be more enamored by the possibility of selecting an Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker than trying to recruit Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge.
So, for the meantime, it looks like the Lakers will not have a head coach by the time the NBA Draft Lottery comes around, and that the front office isn’t the one making that call.
Look for the Lakers to officially hire a head coach sometime between May 21st and June 26th, the date of the NBA draft.