Lakers coaching search: Mike Dunleavy interviewed by Mitch Kupchak

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers met with Mike Dunleavy, because that's what the Lakers do.

The Los Angeles Lakers have been quiet as they search for a head coach to replace Mike D'Antoni, but the latest name to enter the discussion is former Lakers head coach Mike Dunleavy. Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak met with Dunleavy early Wednesday for an interview, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Dunleavy has been out of the league since resigning from the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2009-2010 seeason.

The Lakers also met with Dunleavy after the team fired Mike Brown early in the 2012-2013 season. He was also on the Lakers' "short list" of candidates in 2011, so it's not surprising they reached out to him again. There's no reason to believe this was more than an exploratory meeting, but Los Angeles has kept their coaching search progress a mystery while candidates like Kevin Ollie are no longer on the market.

There's still no indication from the team when a new head coach will be named, or which candidates are still in consideration. The NBA Draft is June 26, giving the front office a month to decide on the next Lakers coach if they want the position to be filled before the next important date on the NBA calendar.

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