Report: 76ers coach Doc Rivers a potential candidate with Lakers, Jazz
76ers coach Doc Rivers might be wearing out his welcome in Philadelphia.
Frank Vogel has skated on thin ice all season. His offseason firing has seemed nearly inevitable. With the Lakers likely to miss even the play-in tournament, he has all but run out of time to swing his his fortunes.
As disappointing as the Lakers have been, they still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis – stars who open a clear path to championship contention. This is still one of the most prestigious franchises in the league. Los Angeles is still a highly desirable place to live.
The Lakers’ vacancy will be a premier job that will attract many candidates.
In addition to Rivers, another sitting head coach – the Jazz’s Quin Snyder – has been linked to the Lakers. Snyder is also viewed as a Spurs possibility if Gregg Popovich retires. Snyder was previously a Lakers assistant, and he coached San Antonio’s minor-league affiliate.
Rivers lacks the direct Lakers ties usually helpful in getting hired by that organization. He has ruffled LeBron’s feathers before. But the former Clippers coach probably wouldn’t mind returning to sunny Los Angeles.
In Utah, Rivers would reunite with former Celtics executive Danny Ainge, who took over the Jazz’s front office. Of course, that’d depend on – among other factors – Snyder actually leaving Utah.
While the noise usually outpaces the actual movement, there could be quite the game of coaching musical chairs this year.