Turns out that Mike D’Antoni’s days in Los Angeles may be numbered after all.
Despite the team deciding that an in-season coaching change wouldn’t be beneficial at this moment in time, Stephen A. Smith claims that D’Antoni will be fired at the end of the year.
“I had a source tell me last night [that] Mike D’Antoni is gone at the end of the season. He won’t be there,” Smith said on Monday’s edition of ESPN’s First Take. “I’m just telling you, that’s the word coming out of L.A. It’s not coming from the Lakers themselves, but people close to the organization say that Mike D’Antoni is gone because there’s no way that [Carmelo Anthony] would elect to go there if D’Antoni is there. If D’Antoni is gone, with the cap room they have coming up and Kobe’s imminent return, [L.A.] is a viable option [for Anthony].”
The Lakers aren’t expected to pursue Carmelo Anthony this summer, though a coaching change could be on the cards.
Any time a team has one of the worst records in the league – even if that is mostly due to substantial injury woes – a coaching change during the offseason can never be ruled out.