NBA coaching tracker, rumors: Lakers tab Frank Vogel as new head coach; Wolves stay in-house, promote Ryan Saunders
With the regular season in the books, the coaching carousel has begun moving in the NBA
As the NBA playoffs move closer to the Finals, it seems nearly every franchise in need of making offseason moves, particularly at the head-coaching position -- have made their hire.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are the latest team to find a new head coach as they decided on Monday to promote Ryan Saunders, who served as the team's interim head coach last season after the departure of Tom Thibodeau.
Despite swirling speculation regarding his job security, Brett Brownfor the 2019-20 season, the team's majority owner Josh Harris confirmed at a press conference on Tuesday morning. Brown signed an extension with the Sixers last summer, and is under contract with the organization through the 2021-22 season. Brown has led the franchise to consecutive 50-win seasons, and Eastern Conference Semifinal appearances.
Elsewhere, John Beileinto take over as the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coach. Beilein has been the head coach at the University of Michigan since 2007 where he had some solid success, as he led with the Wolverines to two Final Four appearances and two Big 10 titles.
The Los Angeles Lakers, after coming close to a deal with Tyronn Lue, finally found their new head coach. Former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach Frank Vogel has reportedlyto be Los Angeles' new head coach. Vogel met with the Lakers last week, and obviously made a strong impression on them, as he had an offer just days after his initial interview. In L.A., Vogel will be tasked with turning the Lakers from a consistent lottery team back into a perennial contender.
Meanwhile, Monty Williams was one of the more sought-after names following the conclusion of the regular season, and the Suns, who coveted Williams,by signing him to a five-year deal to become the team's new head coach.
One team still trying to decide on their next head coach is the Memphis Grizzlies. And according to an ESPN report, they may look in a unique direction. Per Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are planning to meet with Sarunas Jasikevicius. The Lithuanian legend is currently coaching in EuroLeague with Zalgiris.
Keep up with all of the coaching moves around the NBA with our updating coaching tracker.
|Ryan Saunders||In||The Wolves decide to stay in-house and promote Saunders, who served as interim head coach last season. At 33, Saunders becomes the youngest head coach in the NBA.|
|John Beilein||In||Beilein will make the move from the college ranks to the pros, as he has reportedly agreed to a five-year deal with the Cavaliers.|
|Frank Vogel||In||Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers following the dismissal of Luke Walton in April.|
|Luke Walton||Out||Despite Magic Johnson's resignation, Walton was still relieved of his coaching duties by the Lakers.|
|Monty Williams||In||Williams and the Suns have reportedly come to an agreement on a five-year deal to make him Phoenix's next head coach.|
|Igor Kokoskov||Out||The Suns showed the first-year head coach the door after a 19-63 season.|
|Luke Walton||In||Less than 24 hours after being let go by the Lakers, Walton agreed to a deal to become the next head coach of the Kings through the 2022-23 season.|
|Dave Joerger||Out||After the Kings faded out of the playoff race late in the regular season, general manager, and newly minted Baskeball Hall of Famer, Vlade Divac decided that it was time for a change. The team quickly replaced Joerger with Luke Walton.|
|Larry Drew||Out||The Cavaliers finished the regular season on a 10-game losing streak in a campaign that was about development in terms of their young roster. Cleveland elected to mutually "part ways" with head coach Larry Drew after Drew replaced Tyronn Lue early in the season.|
|J.B. Bickerstaff||Out||The Grizzlies appointed J.B. Bickerstaff to take over for David Fizdale in November of 2017 when Fizdale was fired. Bickerstaff led Memphis to a 33-49 record this season, but was relieved of his duties. Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Grizzlies are planning to meet with Sarunas Jasikevicius. The Lithuanian legend is currently coaching in EuroLeague with Zalgiris.|
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