NBA Rumors: Lakers consider Luke Walton, Jeff Van Gundy as next head coach

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Mar 30, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell (1) at press conference related to forward Nick Young (0) at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Days after firing Byron Scott as head coach, four names are reportedly in consideration for the Los Angeles Lakers’ vacancy in the position, according to the latest NBA rumors.

Assistant coach of the Golden State Warriors, Luke Walton, former head coach and analyst Jeff Van Gundy, veteran mentor Ettore Messina and former player and college coach Kevin Ollie will be considered for the position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

All four names have been linked to various NBA head coaching jobs and NBA rumors in recent years and months. The most recent is Van Gundy, who was linked to the coaching position with the Minnesota Timberwolves before they signed Tom Thibodeau, formerly of the Chicago Bulls.

Walton is also part of the NBA rumors with regards to coaching vacancies, particularly that of the New York Knicks, who is handled by Walton’s former coach with the Los Angeles Lakers, Phil Jackson, who is now the president of the Knicks.

Ollie played for a number of NBA teams from 1997 to 2010 and was a champion as head coach in the NCAA handling the Connecticut Huskies in 2014. Meanwhile, Messina has been an assistant for the San Antonio Spurs since 2014 but is a highly-respected mentor being a four-time champion in the Euroleague in 1998, 2001, 2006 and 2008.

The Lakers will have a high draft pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and have the core of Julius Randle, and D’Angelo Russell in their roster for the next seasons. Jordan Clarkson is a free agent for the Lakers this season but he is expected to be retained by the L.A team.

Which coach is the best fit for the young Lakers? NBA rumors will surround the Los Angeles franchise for the high profile job in Hollywood this 2016 offseason but with big names like Walton, Van Gundy Ollie and Messina, it won’t be long before Los Angeles will find their next head coach.

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