The Los Angeles Lakers' quest to put a winning team around LeBron James and Anthony Davis doesn't just extend to the gluttony of free agents that will hit the market June 30.
L.A. also needs to continue to build new head coach Frank Vogel's coaching staff, and the Lakers reportedly have targeted Warriors assistant coach and defensive wizard Ron Adams as a desired member, ESPN's Ohm Youngmisuk and Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday.
Reporting w/ @wojespn: The Lakers received permission from Golden State to talk to assistant Ron Adams about a role on Frank Vogel's staff, league sources tell ESPN. It’s unclear Adams' level of interest but Lakers could make case more compelling with significant financial offer.— Ohm Youngmisuk (@NotoriousOHM) June 22, 2019
Now, would Adams want to head to L.A. just as the Warriors are preparing for their toughest test yet? It seems unlikely.
Both Kevin Durant (ruptured Achilles) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL) suffered severe injuries during the Dubs' 2019 NBA Finals loss to the Raptors. Both also are slated to hit free agency this summer. While most expect Thompson to return to the Bay, Durant's future is much less certain.
The Warriors' will need Adams' coaching acumen next season as they look to re-tool around Steph Curry and Draymond Green and make a push for a sixth straight Finals appearance.
Adams has been with the Warriors since 2014, when head coach Steve Kerr was hired. He is the Warriors' chief strategist and has been a key cog in their dynastic rise.
At 71, Adams has said the Warriors are his final stop.
“Once you build a good culture, as has been the case here . . . it’s hard to find,” Adams told NBC Sports Bay Area Warriors insider Monte Poole in October. “In many cases, they are organic. There have been many good decisions here on players. But there are a lot of people out there trying hard to make good decisions, and it doesn’t always work because this is an imperfect business. You can do your homework, you pick a player in the draft and that player disappoints you. You pick another player and he surprises you. We’ve been pretty fortunate.”
He is handsomely compensated by the Warriors, but could the Lakers offer him enough to pull him away from the Bay?
We shall see.