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Lakers coaching rumors: Scott Brooks 'enthusiastic' about Wizards job

Another one of the top coaching candidates is getting closer to finding a new job

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have yet to announce whether or not they will retain head coach Byron Scott following the worst two seasons in the history of the franchise, but while they wait, several top options are moving forward with their job searches. Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau accepted a job as head coach and president of basketball operations with the Minnesota Timberwolves despite interest in the Lakers job, and Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton is set to interview for the Sacramento Kings' open head coaching position.

Scott Brooks, who reportedly has interest in the Lakers job, may be off the market before he even gets to interview for it. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, "Washington Wizards general manager Ernie Grunfeld met with Scott Brooks on Wednesday in Southern California, offering him the franchise's head-coaching job," a job that Brooks is reportedly "enthusiastic" about taking.

Brooks has a reputation for developing young players after his time working with Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, James Harden, and Serge Ibaka with the Oklahoma City Thunder. That's the type of talent the Lakers sorely need from whoever they select to coach their young core of D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, and another possible top-three pick in the upcoming draft over the next few years.

The Lakers could decide Scott is the right man for the job, but while they wait, this summer's edition of coaching musical chairs continues apace. The front office will just have to hope that when the music stops that they aren't left with an empty seat.

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