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Lakers Rumors: Tom Thibodeau No Longer Considered A ‘Viable Candidate’ Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="289"] As the Lakers coaching search continues to move forward slowly, we have been able to cross different names off the list of potential [new_royalslider id="289"] As the Lakers coaching search continues to move forward slowly, we have been able to cross different names off the list of potential Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Tom Thibodeau No Longer Considered A ‘Viable Candidate’

As the Lakers coaching search continues to move forward slowly, we have been able to cross different names off the list of potential candidates.

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Derek Fisher and Steve Kerr have each taken jobs with other teams, while John Calipari and Kevin Ollie decided to stay in their college jobs. Now it seems as if we can cross another name off the list according to ESPN LA’s Dave McMenamin:

Tom Thibodeau, another name ESPNLosAngeles.com first reported was once being mulled by the Lakers, is no longer considered a viable candidate. The Lakers realize that getting Thibodeau out of his contract with the Chicago Bulls would require trading their No. 7 pick in this year’s draft and L.A. deems that too steep a price to pay.

Thibodeau has proven to be an excellent coach in his short time at the helm of the Chicago Bulls. He is one of the best defensive coaches in the league and has continually gotten the most out of his often injured and undermanned Bulls teams.

Giving up a first-round pick for any coach, however, is a price the Lakers are unlikely to pay. With the team looking to rebuild, this year’s first round pick is one of the few blocks the Lakers possess.

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As it stands now, Byron Scott seems to be the favorite of the names being mentioned, though Lionel Hollins and Mike Dunleavy are both viable candidates as well. The Lakers still may be some time away from naming their new coach, possibly wanting to wait until free agency begins, so fans should probably just get comfortable.
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  • Jay

    Never knew he was considered a viable candidate

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  • Jim213

    Thibs is more than capable he just doesn’t want the gig.

  • Lance

    This is getting scary they have nothing good coming out of the coaching search.

  • VillainKing

    And the search for the Lakers next headcoach is between Hollins and Scott..Keep the 7th pick Lakers!!

    • Cassandra Marino

      hollins will bring this average laker team with kobe back to contending in the west and bring them deep In the playoffs and scott wouldn’t be able to do that he needs a whole bunch of superstars to prove he’s a good coach that’s the difference hollins doesn’t need anybody just look what he did with memphis

      • VillainKing

        Ok Cass I’m also totally agree of Coach Hollins for the Lakers..

  • Chris Park

    As much as I would love him it was never going to happen

  • 24Ss

    Or is it actually Tom doesn’t see the lakers a viable candidate lol

  • Jojo

    I think Billy Donavan should be a candidate, Scott seems like he needs an elite PG to succeed (i.e, Kidd, Paul).. He didn’t succeed with a rookie PG in Kyrie and look what happened in Cleveland. Hollins, I’m still sketchy about, something is wrong if you take a team to the 2nd round and still lose your job.

  • Lakers4Life

    No Hollins and no Thib. J Van Gundy is the only viable option out there.

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