You can cross Scott Brooks off your list too, Laker fans.
On Thursday, Brooks agreed to a five-year, $35 million deal with the Washington Wizards, according to Adrian Wojnarowski from The Vertical.
Over the weekend it was revealed that Brooks apparently had interest in the Lakers’ head coaching job if it became available this summer.
However, Byron Scott is still the team’s head coach, and so no position is currently available.
Still, Brooks was “intrigued” by the Lakers’ head coaching position, according to TNT’s David Aldridge:
Brooks was intrigued by Lakers gig, and Rockets wanted him, but Washington worked quickly 4 a deal before LA and/or Houston jobs opened.
— David Aldridge (@davidaldridgedc) April 21, 2016
Yesterday, we learned that Tom Thibodeau also had interest in the Lakers, though he was likely seeking more than just the title of head coach. He found that in Minnesota where he now runs the show.
As for Brooks, there has been no word whether Byron Scott will be retained or fired as the Lakers continue to “deliberate” over his future, and he was being offered good money by the Wizards, so it made sense to agree to a deal today.
And perhaps the Lakers never really considered Brooks to be a possible candidate for the job, anyway.