JJ Redick Already Has His Lakers Coaching Staff Picked per Report

The top candidate for the Lakers head coach vacancy reportedly already has his coaching staff picked.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for their next head coach. As they are in the process of evaluating and interviewing the candidates, one name has emerged as the frontrunner: JJ Redick.

The latest reporting suggests that the Lakers are absolutely enamored with the idea of hiring the former Duke star as the franchise's next head coach. The talks have advanced so far that Redick is reportedly already working on building his coaching staff.

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Redick is seeking experienced assistant coaches to help him in his first coaching stint.

Lakers Rumors: JJ Redick to Target Three Experienced Assistants

Stein reports that Redick is targeting Sam Cassell, James Borrego, and Jared Dudley as his assistants if he were to get the Lakers job.

Cassell and Borrego have already been rumored for the head coaching vacancies around the league, including the Lakers. They are certainly the two of the most experienced and respected assistant coaches in the NBA. If they can't get a head coaching gig elsewhere, they would presumably be interested in being a high-profile assistant under Redick.

Dudley, on the other hand, is not as experienced as Borrego and Cassell. Ever since he retired as a Laker three years ago, the 38-year-old has been an assistant coach with the Mavericks under Jason Kidd.

Considering that Redick has no prior coaching experience, his assistant coaches will play a big role for the Lakers. Therefore, going for more experienced names is certainly understandable.

There should similarly be a ton of interest in working under Redick. If things were to not work out for the 39-year old in Los Angeles, whoever is his top assistant will be the favorite to be the next head coach.

There has been plenty of speculation that LeBron James is the one who is advocating for the Redick hiring. The two friends have been co-hosting a podcast together for the past few months and James is known to respect Redick's basketball intelligence. Whether that will translate to success in coaching remains to be seen.

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