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The Lakers have been busy this off-season with a head coaching search, the number seven pick in the NBA Draft, and the upcoming free-agency.

Tuesday saw the Lakers add another name to the list of potential head coaches interviewed. Current Lakers assistant coach Kurt Rambis had an interview with the front office discussing the current vacancy left by Mike D’Antoni.

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So far, the Lakers have met with Mike Dunleavy, Byron Scott, and Rambis. Lionel Hollins and Alvin Gentry are expected to have interviews this week as well. Scott believes his relationship with Kobe Bryant gives him an advantage in the search.

As the team continues to scout prospects, news of Steve Nash hosting an NBA TV documentary on the 1984 Draft surfaced. Some believe this year’s draft to be one of the deep draft just as the 1984 one was.

In terms of free agency, rumors emerged over the Lakers’ interest in Carmelo Anthony. It appears the team has no intention of pairing Anthony with Kobe Bryant this summer.

Lakers Nation News

Lakers Rumors: Team Thinks Carmelo Anthony Not A Good ‘Fit’ With Kobe

Lakers News: Kobe Bryant Endorses Smart Car In Commercial

Lakers News: Steve Nash Will Host NBA TV Documentary On 1984 NBA Draft

Lakers News: Team Interviews Kurt Rambis For Head Coaching Vacancy

Lakers News

Kurt Rambis Interviews For Lakers’ Job – OC Register

Lakers Player Reviews: Jodie Meeks – ESPN LA

Why Kevin Love’s Impatience Will Change Los Angeles Lakers’ Plans – Bleacher Report

Los Angeles Lakers Minority Owner Patrick Soon-Shiong To Bid On Clippers – Fan Sided

Former Laker Trevor Ariza Lists Lakefront Home Near Orlando – LA Times

NBA News

Report: Donald Sterling’s Lawyers Say They Have Gotten Offers In Excess Of $2.5 Billion For Clippers – Pro Basketball Talk

Dave Joerger Signs Extension – ESPN

Sources: Wizards nearing extension with coach Randy Wittman – Yahoo! Sports

Pacers’ Paul George Fined $25,000 For Criticizing Officials After Game 4 Loss To Heat – Sports Illustrated

Healthy Dwyane Wade Doesn’t Want Blame If LeBron James Leaves Miami Heat – USA Today
Lakers GM Kupchak Says Next Coach Must Get Most Productivity Out Of Kobe Bryant, Plus Likelihood Of Trading The Pick?

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  • Ray

    Hire Lionel Hollins.

  • Edgar

    Hell ya lets get a winner on the court next season hire either Lionel Hollins or the Lakers legend Byron Scott and lets get this team on the court.

    PG Marcus Smart/Jordan Farmar
    SG Kobe/Jamal Crawford
    SF Rudy Gay Discount Contract
    PF Pau Gaol/Ed Davis
    C Marcin Gortat

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      Not sure how you think we’re going to sign Farmar, Crawford, Gay, Pau, Davis AND Gortat when we already have Kobe (23 mil), Nash (9.7 mil), Marshall and Sacre still on the roster.

      Last Season’s Salaries:
      Farmar: $1.1 Million
      Jamal Crawford: Under contract for $5.5 million until 2017
      Rudy Gay: $17.8 million
      Pau: $19 Million
      Davis: $3.1 Million
      Gortat: $7.7 Million

      I don’t think we could plausibly sign all those guys, in addition to Kobe and Nash’s contracts and have any room to sign anyone else.

      Something a little more likely?
      2014-15 Roster
      PG: Nash, Smart, Marshall (Farmar?)
      SG: Kobe, Bazemore
      SF: Deng, Johnson, Young
      PF: Kelly, Hill
      C: Pau, Sacre

      Even then, Pau AND Deng might be a stretch. Potentially Gortat, if he doesn’t demand a bigger contract. We might be forced to “settle” somewhere to get under the cap to avoid the repeater penalty.

  • Kliffrichard

    my top 15 consider contenders next head coach LA Lakers
    1.Quin Snyder atlanta hawks
    2.Dave Fizdale Heat
    3.Pete Myers Warriors
    4.Chad Iske 76ers
    5 john welch nets
    6 Chip Engelland Spurs
    7 Rex Kalamian okc thunder
    8 Tyronn Lue clippers or
    9 Kelvin Sampson houston rockets
    10 andy greer bulls
    11 fred hoiberg Iowa State
    12 Tom Izzo Michigan State
    13 david blatt Maccabi Tel Aviv
    14 Ettore Messina CSKA Moscow or Mike Krzyzewski USA
    15 Sam Cassell Washington Wizards
    We needed New face but have experience coaching LA Lakers

    • Badazztj12

      are serious with these no name coaches?

      • Kliffrichard


  • Ryan

    Lionel Hollins is getting hired by the Lakers.Woot woot…

  • Mitch

    The Lakers have needed a franchise player at Point Guard since Magic Johnson left the team over 20 years ago.Yes this draft has 2 potential franchise Point Guards and that is Marcus Smart and Dante Exum.We need to leapfrog Orlando via trade in order to assure ourselves we get one of these players.

    Yet one of them is assured to be gone to Orlando at pick #4 and we pick #7 as we all know Utah #5 and Boston #6 have a excellent Point Guard as the Jazz have Trey Burke and the much improved former lottery pick Burks also the Celtics have All Star Rajon Rondo and the have budding star Avery Bradley already.What are the chances the Lakers trade up with Philadelphia to assure themselves they get a potential franchise Point Guard at pick #3?

    What can the Lakers offer in a trade to Philadelphia to move up 4 spots?At best we can trade Kendall Marshall who the Sixers love as they had him on their
    D-League team and were bummed out when he did so good for the Lakers.

    Also we can trade Ryan Kelly a very surprising rookie that is a good stretch four and we got the #7 pick to swap out with the Sixers for pick #3.Also we got 2 future second round picks in 2015 and 2017 and a 2019 first round pick we will trade the Sixers.

    We just need assure we get our franchise Point Guard in this draft and i only see Marcus Smart and Dante Exum as those type of players.

    • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

      From what I’ve read, Smart should be available at #7. Not sure we have enough to trade up to #3, nor do we really need to. Draft Smart, keep Kelly and our picks. Next offseason, bring in Love and Kelly will be his backup.

      No reason to trade away a good young player, a good backup in Marshall AND draft picks to snag a player we can get without doing any of that.

    • Gekko

      In your fantasy scenario, that would never happen, getting bumped up to the #3 and you use it on Dante or Smart?

  • Mitch

    Best case player i have ever seen is Kobe Bryant during his 3 peat.I love Lakers!

  • Quentin

    I remember the first person that had interest in the Lakers head coaching job was Lionel Hollins as Marc J. Spears reported shortly after Mike D’Antoni quit.Yes it’s a 2 way street the coach has to have interest and the FO has to have mutual interest for it to go anywhere.That’s why Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy also George Karl have not gotten a interview the interest is not mutual.But in the case of Lionel Hollins the interest is mutual on both sides.Therefore he is getting a interview.

  • http://rantsofascorpio.wordpress.com/ Evan

    So, Scott or Hollins seem to be the favorites. Let’s say we bring in Hollins, re-sign a few guys, bring in a few FAs, and trot out something like this:

    PG: Nash ($9.7 Million), Smart ($2.5 Millionish), Marshall ($1 Million), maybe Farmar (2 million?)
    SG: Kobe ($23 Million), Bazemore ($2 Million)
    SF: Deng ($10 Million), Young ($5 Million), Johnson ($1 Million)
    PF: Kelly ($2 Million), Hill ($5 Million)
    C: O’Neal ($3-4 Million?), Sacre ($1 Million)

    That’s what, $68 Million? Well below the estimated Luxury Tax Threshold of $77 Million. Would leave us some room for a few depth guys, and keep us from the repeater penalty. I thought about throwing Gortat in there, but he’d probably demand too high of a price and multiple years, and we might be able to sign O’Neal to a 1-2 year deal leaving us free to pursue Asik or maaaaaybe even Gasol. Smart learns from Nash for a year, we get a rental C, and some more experience for the younger guys.

    I love the thought of Smart, Young, and Hill coming in with the second unit. Lots of intensity there.

    Then, 2015-16

    PG: Smart, Farmar
    SG: Kobe, Bazemore
    SF: Deng, Young, Johnson
    PF: Love ($20 Million?), Kelly, (Hill?)
    C: Asik ($8 Million), Sacre

    This would put us over the luxury, I’m sure. We could obviously replace some of the role players with older veterans, but the youth on that team looks pretty impressive. If we don’t get Love, perhaps we can go after guys like Klay Thompson, Marc Gasol, or hold on til ’16 for a chance at Durant.

  • Mathias

    Man I wish JVG was at least interviewed

  • Gus

    “Mike Brown also brought four DVDs, one 49 minutes long, depicting defensive coverages. When Jim Buss, the owner’s son and Lakers executive vice president, asked to take the DVDs home with him, Brown resisted. He didn’t want them out of his hands.”

    Please remember to bring Blu-ray or DVD’s coaching candidates entering the interview conference room.Yes that’s Jim Buss for you all if you didn’t already know.

  • Gus

    When Jim Buss called Brown to offer him the job, he told him, “I’m hiring you because I want to see those DVDs.”

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