Are you wondering why the Lakers have yet to hire a new head coach?
Well, according to Sam Amick from USA Today, the Lakers are “delaying” their coaching hire until July just in case they can land a guy like LeBron James by giving him some input on who should man the sidelines next season.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of this plan: As soon as Mike D’Antoni resigned at the end of April, Ramona Shelburne from ESPN Los Angeles reported that the Lakers could use the coaching hire as a way to try and draw big name free agents to the purple and gold next season.
Amick notes that the Lakers are secretly hoping the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat in this year’s Finals series as it could lead to the likes of James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade exploring their options this summer.
Also, despite recent reports, Amick says that Carmelo Anthony remains on the Lakers’ radar this offseason.
Unless the team have their eye on one specific candidate who is in demand elsewhere, there really is no rush for the Lakers to hire their next head coach before free agency begins in July.
After all, there is nothing wrong with keeping your options open.