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Lakers Rumors: Mike D’Antoni To Be Fired After This Season? Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="138"] After experiencing the worst loss in team history against the Los Angeles Clippers, general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Mike D'Ant [new_royalslider id="138"] After experiencing the worst loss in team history against the Los Angeles Clippers, general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Mike D'Ant Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Mike D’Antoni To Be Fired After This Season?

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After experiencing the worst loss in team history against the Los Angeles Clippers, general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Mike D’Antoni with many wondering if the Lakers would fire him.

While it looks more likely that D’Antoni will finish the season, there is still a possibility he won’t be around next season. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith spoke on his show, First Take, and said the Lakers could get rid of D’Antoni after the season:

I had a source tell me last night [that] Mike D’Antoni is gone at the end of the season. He won’t be there [...] I’m just telling you, that’s the word coming out of L.A.

With the way the season has gone, the Lakers will consider this option in the off-season. The Lakers roster doesn’t fit in D’Antoni’s system, and at times, the effort hasn’t been there for the team, which is a direct reflection of the coach.

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This big prize of this off-season is Carmelo Anthony, and Smith believed that the possibility of bringing Anthony in, is a reason the team would get rid of D’Antoni:

It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there. If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony].

Although there is a strong possibility that the Lakers make no major moves this off-season, Anthony is the one to make if they decide to.

And with Anthony and D’Antoni not working out in New York, it makes sense that Anthony wouldn’t come here with him in charge.

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  • Marty Susman

    Just saying;
    A. Let’s see what Timmy signs for at S. A. to see what Gasol/Kobe are worth.

  • Csel12

    We could get melo and STILL have enough cap space for Kevin love people. That’s actually the strategy they’re going after.(and the far chance of getting durant if melo doesn’t come.) After this season we will have only 2 players on the books..and enough cap to sign 2 more max players (love and melo).. combined with the fact that we suck right now..we will get a high draft pick (hopefully a wing man like Wiggins or a center in Joel embiid) we will b fine..Top pick..kobe returns…melo gets signed…love comes in a yr… lakers are back.

  • Csel12

    Oh and for everyone asking is the durant thing possible…it is.. durant has already been on record saying if he doesn’t win it this yr he is looking to expand and explore bigger markets..He would consider rejoining harden and the rockets or going to LA to team up with love..draft pick..and melo..

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