Magic Johnson leaving as group president paved the best way for normal supervisor Rob Pelinka to strengthen his maintain on personnel choices, observe by with the firing of coach Luke Walton and determine on Walton’s successor.
Nonetheless, in accordance with the New York Occasions, there are some throughout the Lakers group who worry that hiring Tyronn Lue to exchange Walton would give an excessive amount of energy to LeBron James, and that might tip the benefit to 76ers assistant Monty Williams. Warmth assistant Juwan Howard can also be a candidate. All three are anticipated to fulfill with the Lakers this week.
Lue coached James on the Cavaliers and the 2 received a championship collectively in 2016. However reuniting the 2 may doubtlessly add to the large say James already possesses.
That may come at a time when the Lakers are going through a franchise crossroads. The primary season of the James period became the franchise’s sixth straight with out a playoff look. Johnson and Pelinka made a sequence of head-scratching signings after touchdown James — bringing in Lance Stephenson, Rajon Rondo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and JaVale McGee on one-year offers.
With the Cavaliers and Warmth, James thrived with shooters round him, and people additions have been seemingly made counter to that pondering. Nonetheless, since these contracts have been all one-year offers, the Lakers could have cap house to work with this offseason.
James was not innocent, both. Many pointed the finger at him and his agent, Wealthy Paul, for engineering the very public commerce talks between the Lakers and Pelicans over Anthony Davis. The star ahead made his commerce request by Paul, and a month of rumors included all the Lakers’ youthful expertise — Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart and Lonzo Ball — and led to additional strife throughout the roster.
The Lakers will probably be pursuing Davis once more this offseason. Who can be pulling the strings behind these efforts stays to be seen.