Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Los Angeles Lakers who are reportedly targeting Toronto Raptors D-League coach Jesse Mermuys to be part of Luke Walton’s coaching staff.
After the disappointing season under coach Byron Scott, the Los Angeles Lakers are now undergoing a rebuilding process and this includes a huge adjustment on their roster and coaching staff. The Lakers made their first move by firing Byron Scott and hiring Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton to be their next coach.
Before the 2016 NBA draft and free agency, the Lakers are looking for the best people to be part of Luke Walton’s coaching staff. The first name confirmed to join the staff was former Lakers player and assistant Brian Shaw. According to Chris Reichert of Upside Motor, multiple league sources confirmed that Toronto Raptors D-League coach Jesse Mermuys will be part of Luke Walton’s coaching staff in Los Angeles.
According to Lakers Nation, Jesse Mermuys is the head coach of Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors’ D-League affiliate. Mermuys had worked under Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey as an assistant for the last two seasons. He has also gained wide coaching experience with the Denver Nuggets in 2008 and with the Houston Rockets before he joined Dwane Casey’s coaching staff.
Jesse Mermuys is known for developing young players that would ultimately contribute to the team. He can guide the Lakers young cores, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr., and Julius Randle, who have the potential to be an NBA superstar in the future. The addition of either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram will be expected to greatly contribute to the Lakers’ rebuilding process.
Luke Walton and Jesse Mermuys were both Arizona alum. Their connection can be a huge factor on why Mermuys will be a good fit working under Walton as an associate. The Lakers should complete their coaching staff before the start of the 2016 NBA draft and free agency so they can focus on the players that they will be targeting to continue the team’s legacy in the post-Kobe Bryant era.
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