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Los Angeles Lakers head coach finalists include Bucks assistant Darvin Ham, former Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts, sources say

Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham and former Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts are among the candidates who have qualified for the latest round of interviews for the Los Angeles Lakers coaching job, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski on Friday.

Stotts, who coached the Trail Blazers from 2012 to 2021, interviewed the Lakers earlier this month, sources said. Prior to his dismissal, Stotts had reached the playoffs in his last eight straight seasons on the job — including two trips to the Western Conference Semifinals and a berth in the Conference Finals in 2019. He has a history of offensive creativity and an ability to build relationships with his star players.

Ham has been a Bucks assistant since 2018 and has worked under Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer since 2013. Ham has been considered one of the top head coaching candidates among league assistants and has been interviewed for multiple jobs since 2020.

Among the candidates the Lakers have already interviewed are Golden State Warriors assistant coach Kenny Atkinson, Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin and former Warriors coach Mark Jackson, sources said.

The Lakers are looking to replace Frank Vogel, who was fired in April after the team went 33-49 and missed the playoffs.


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