There is much change to come this summer for the Los Angeles Lakers. For the first time in 20 years, Kobe Bryant’s name won’t be listed on their roster, and Gary Vitti will leave his role on the team’s bench for good.
However, will the change reach as far as the team’s coaching staff?
If you ask CBS Sports’ Ken Berger, then the answer is no.
Berger says one source told him that Byron Scott has “major chance” to stay with the Lakers next season, which seems a little strong considering the team has set franchise lows in wins now two years running while under his watch.
Officially, it seems Lakers management has yet to make a decision on Scott, with general manager Mitch Kupchak saying the team will take up to a week to decide on their head coach’s future.
However, if Scott let go by the team, it appears there is a former NBA head coach who is already willing to take his place.
According to Eric Pincus from Basketball Insiders, former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is interested in the Lakers’ head coaching job if and when it becomes available.
Brooks, who was fired last summer, led the Thunder to a 338-207 record over seven seasons at the helm in Oklahoma City. Scott hit the 50-win mark in four of those seasons.
Named Coach of the Year in 2010, Brooks has been credited with the development of All-Star duo Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Both players will be free agents this year and the next, respectively.
“If Brooks gives the Lakers an edge at landing either All-Star, or both, that’s the move to make,” Pincus states, referring to the Lakers potentially hiring the former head coach of Durant and Westbrook.
Assuming Byron Scott is relieved of his duties, other options for the Lakers this summer could include Tom Thibodeau, David Blatt and Luke Walton, though Walton may not yet be ready to leave Steve Kerr and the Golden State Warriors, according to reports.