NBA: Frank Vogel named as Los Angeles Lakers' new head coach
Source: https://www.stuff.co.nz/news/112662882/-

2019-05-12 07:19:50

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with Frank Vogel to become their next NBA head coach.

Vogel will have a three-year contract and his staff will feature Jason Kidd in a prominent role as an assistant, according to ESPN.

The Lakers were forced to reset their coaching search after Tyronn Lue turned down the opportunity to be Luke Walton's replacement.

Lue reportedly had the chance to run the team, but considered the Lakers' three- year, $US18 million (NZ$ 27,297,000) offer a snub after discussing a five-year contract.

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The 45-year old Vogel worked for the organisation before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season.

He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and 2014. He has a career record of 304-291.

Vogel reportedly made a strong impression during a meeting with Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka on Thursday (Friday NZ time) and was on the short list to replace Derek Fisher in Los Angeles in 2016 before the job went to Walton.

The Lakers have missed the playoffs six straight seasons. The drought was expected to end this season but injuries to LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram, as well as internal discord, resulted in a 37-45 record.

The Lakers expect to have more than $US40 million in salary cap space this summer and will likely resume their pursuit of Anthony Davis - who would have to be traded by New Orleans - either around the draft or the July 1 start of free agency.

When that player-shopping window begins, the Lakers will likely try to land Toronto Raptors superstar Kawhi Leonard and other big names who might be willing to play with James.

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