Throughout their search for their next head coach, the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t seemed to be in a rush. They’ve interviewed Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams, Jason Kidd and Juwan Howard so far, but they haven’t — at least publicly — given any indication that they’re desperate to commit to any of the four just yet.
It sounds like things haven’t been much different behind closed doors, as according to Broderick Turner of The L.A. Times, the Lakers aren’t making any promises or giving any hints of which way they’re leaning to the men who appear to be their top two candidates, either:
Neither Williams nor Lue were offered the job and neither was given a timetable on when the Lakers will make their decision, said the people who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
The former part of this — that neither was offered the job — is about as expected, and while the latter part — that the team isn’t giving either a timetable for the decision — isn’t a shock, it’s also notable because it really does make it appear as though the Lakers aren’t going to be rushed on this, even if there are other teams going after one of the guys they seem to be very interested in.
The Phoenix Suns interviewed Williams on Friday night, and while — according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN — the Suns are on their way to talk to other candidates, them meeting with Williams at least signifies that they’re officially entered the hunt for the now-coveted 76ers assistant coach. That doesn’t mean that the Lakers should rush things by any means, but it does mean they’re likely on the clock.
Now that the Lakers have sat down with Lue and Williams twice apiece, and Kidd and Howard once each, the team would seem to mostly have the knowledge base in order to figure out who they want to helm their team for the next few years. Whether that’s Williams, Lue or another candidate we know of, or a dark horse, with the 2019 NBA Draft Lottery approaching next month, it seems safe to guess that whoever the Lakers pick, we’ll know in the next few weeks.