The Cleveland Cavaliers will begin interviewing assistant coaches for their vacant head coach position this week. Now, Los Angeles is considering a few names that had been linked to the job since the middle of the season.
Drew came in as the replacement coach for Tyronn Lue, who was sacked after an 0-6 start to the season.
Joerger was sacked last week after a 39-win season, with Walton's deal as the new head coach reported to run through to the end of 2022-23.
Assistant Coach Monty Williams coaches during a practice on December 11, 2018 at The Philadelphia 76ers Practice Facility in Camden, New Jersey. In that final season in 2013, Howard effectively played a Kendrick Perkins role as an assistant coach in uniform. He was James' teammate with the Miami Heat for three seasons, including two championship years.
The Lakers reportedly are focusing on Williams and former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, and general manager Rob Pelinka plans to speak with each candidate in the near future, league sources told ESPN.
Howard has been on Miami's bench since retiring from his 19-year National Basketball Association career in 2013.
There is no doubt that if the Lakers can strike a deal to get Williams on board, then they will nearly certainly have an elite coach to guide them moving forward.
It's been speculated that Jason Kidd and Mark Jackson might be up for consideration for the Lakers job, but neither former coach has an interview scheduled at this time.