Sources: Lakers will begin contacting head-coaching candidates

CHICAGO – The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to begin contacting coaching candidates in the coming days, with an initial focus on current assistants and former head coaches with whom they have less familiarity, sources told ESPN on Monday. Is.

Lakers VP of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka is gathering information about several head-coaching candidates, including ESPN analyst JJ Redick, sources said. The initial wave of requests for permission to interview will be with people whom the organization has not found in previous searches, or simply knows less about than other candidates.

In Pelinka's conversations with executives across the league, the word “grinder” keeps coming up in the general manager's description of an important characteristic for the next coach, sources said.

The initial interview list is expected to include assistant candidates such as Miami's Chris Quinn and New Orleans' James Borrego, sources said.

The search is expected to proceed in phases with this first wave, then a round of talking to coaches with whom the Lakers have more history, followed by a final round of candidates, sources said.

The Lakers fired Darwin Hamm earlier this month after two seasons. The Ham were 90–74 overall, reaching the Western Conference Finals in their first season after losing a five-game series to the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs this year.

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