It's been 75 days since the LA Lakers last had a head coach (Mike D'Antoni officially resigned on April 30). The draft has come and gone, most of the big-name free agents have already signed, and the summer leagues will soon come to a close as well. Despite all of this, finding a coach still doesn't appear to be a priority for Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and VP of player personnel Jim Buss.
Writes ESPN LA's Dave McMenamin:
The Los Angeles Lakers expect to hire a coach in the next week or two, but they do not consider the interview process to be finished, according to a league source.
As the month of July creeps into its third week, the Lakers' priority is to continue to fill the team through free agency (agreeing to terms with Nick Young and Jordan Hill last week) and by scouring the trade market (such as the deal they made with Houston to acquire Jeremy Lin), before switching their focus back to the coaching search.
Lakers management also is preoccupied with evaluating the team's young talent at the summer league. Both Kupchak and Buss are in Las Vegas this week to see draft picks Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson in action...
Just a thought, but maybe the presence of a head coach could be useful in building a roster and "evaluating young talent." I guess locking down Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Jeremy Lin is way more important though.
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