The Los Angeles Lakers could lose one of their coaches on the bench as the New York Knicks are interested in bringing on Lakers assistant coach Jud Buechler, according to Ian Begley of ESPN. Buechler joined head coach Luke Walton’s coaching staff in 2016.
According to Begley, the Knicks are “talking seriously” with Buechler about a spot on Knicks head coach David Fizdale’s bench. This would only be Buechler’s second coaching position at the NBA level.
A three-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls, Buechler led the Lakers to their first Summer League championship in franchise history last summer with a record of six wins and two losses. New York’s front office is likely looking for a assistant coach with experience in player development with up and coming young players like Kristaps Porzingis, Frank Ntilikina and whoever they end up taking with the No. 9 pick in the upcoming NBA draft.
It’s unclear who the immediate candidates to fill the void of the Lakers’ bench would be, but if Buechler leaves the search would almost certainly begin right away, assuming it hasn’t already.