The Lakers hope to meet with Lionel Hollins about the head coaching vacancy in Los Angeles later this week, just days perhaps after he meets with the Nets about replacing the recently departed Jason Kidd, Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reported Monday night.
The Lakers had always been interested in the former Grizzlies head coach but with Hollins expected to enter into accelerated discussions this week with Brooklyn, Lakers front office executives are reportedly keen on meeting with him sooner than later and before he makes a final decision. In a surprise move, Kidd left the Nets after team owner Mikhail Prokhorov denied his request to have ownership over basketball operations. The Bucks then fired head coach Larry Drew and announced the hiring of Kidd as the next coach earlier on Monday.
The Lakers had previously expressed an interest in waiting to potentially sign a marquee free agent this offseason -- perhaps LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony -- to give that player an opportunity to have a hand in the selection process of choosing who will replace Mike D'Antoni, who parted ways with Los Angeles in May, Amick previously reported. The Lakers have repeatedly said they do not plan on involving Kobe Bryant in their search for a new coach.
The Lakers have already held discussions with a number of candidates, from Kurt Rambis to Mike Dunleavy, but according to Amick, former Laker Byron Scott is the front runner to replace D'Antoni.