For a number of practical – and common sense – reasons, Nick Nurse’s rejection of raptors for lockers already seems like an imaginary loss steam. One reason why the Lockers continue to work as an owner is that they have consistently reduced their previous head coach from the very beginning of the process.
Training free agents are not the only ones considering their options and can return to Los Angeles. Avery Bradley, Carmelo Anthony and Kent Bazemore are all senior players who could return to the team next season.
Take a look at the latest reports and headlines.
Recent rumors about Nick Nurse
The most surprising name mentioned in the Lockers training quest was Raptors lead man Nick Nurse. Born to be a clutch client, Nurse is a Bill Jackson product, but it effectively articulates his connections with the lockers.
For a number of practical reasons, the Lockers never thought the nurse could be fired from Toronto, and senior NBA insider Mark Stein said during his recent Spotify Green Room that graduate coach SoCal was unlikely to come.
“I do not see this happening, I do not see Nick Nurse admitting this, but of course I think it’s interesting for him … it’s still the Lakers. But I’m not a clutch client, so of course where does it come from? I do not think LeBron James really knows Nick Nurse, but Nick Nurse’s coaching prowess is well known throughout the league, and LeBron is more into the game than I am. Very clever student, so he looked at the things the nurse did.
“But in practice, there is no indication that Nick wants to leave Toronto. Second, even if he does, he’s very quick on a new deal. He may have three years after this, maybe two, but I think it will be at least two years after this … and the Lockers did not exactly get the draft compensation to get Nick out of it. So that’s what the league is buzzing about, I heard last week, and didn’t report it because it has all the practical restrictions. I do not see how Lockers can get Nick Nurse from the raptors, and even if he tries to get out, I want to make it clear: I have not heard anything about it.
“It’s not just creation, people around the league talk a lot about it, I can not see how it works … does it go around a bit, but do people combine both? Get two, and seven? I mean, he’s a clutch customer, yes he’s a great one. Coach. Is there any practical way to get him? I do not know. “
As Stein argues, the most obvious risk in trying to land a nurse is the lack of draft capital to separate the nurse from the contract with the raptors. In terms of his contract status, Lockers must effectively trade for the nurse and the draft choices used in that contract would be draft choices that could not be used in the Russell Westbrook contract. It will also generate advice on how many draft exams the nurse will receive, and whether the Raptors will consider the first round exams for losing their head coach in 2027 and 2029.
For those reasons, the nurse feels it is a distant option for the team, even if it is considered a better solution.
Lockers can really disable coaches about work
Lack of draft compensation is not the only thing that separates lockers from training candidates. It has already been reported that the Lakers’ handling of the end of Vocal’s tenure will result in the dismissal of candidates – namely Quinn Snyder -. Doug Rivers acknowledged this and ESPN’s Adrian Wozniacki reported the same.
But how the group handled the beginning of Vocal’s tenure, especially the negotiations. In his Spotify green room, Stein Lockers talked about turning coaches out of work.
“There is no doubt that coaching candidates will be stopped by that, and this is something that will be discussed and it will kind of create immediate rounds among coaches. People focus on those things. However, it’s still lockers, and it’s still a desirable job. Does it cost them candidates? This, to me, seems like a kind of extension. Because again, things about lacquer work are more than that. Really you have expectations and the microscope, so I would say this is a little bit of both. Yes, people talk about it, but the Lakers still get the attention of any coach if they come after them.
“The big issues the Lockers have to deal with are what kind of autonomy are you going to give a coach? Can he choose his own assistants? Annual contract.I think all of this is more important than the Vocal thing, I hope the lockers will have a personal alibi or version of that story that will be shared with the coaches in interviews if it comes up.
When the Lockers last searched for a head coach, part of the problem with the candidates was the team’s insistence that Jason Kid should be on the hired staff, which was still a bizarre decision. And especially with Die Lou, the team that did not want to give him more than a three-year contract missed out on the opportunity to become the most talented head coach.
Melo, Avery Bradley may be back, but Kent Bazmore may have disappeared
The nature of signing one-year contracts, as the Lockers did last off-season, is that there is a lot of uncertainty about which players could return this summer. With less than a week to go until the end of the season, there are some early signs on some experienced players.
As a part of “Lockers Report Card” Series Los Angeles TimesBrad Turner wrote about Avery Bradley, adding that “since he is a senior player who can match the team’s superstars, one can expect the Lakers to try to bring him back for another run”. Expect the Lakers to try to bring him back as a key role player.
Meanwhile, Turner’s colleague Dan Voig wrote, “Kent Bassmore is looking for an opportunity to play – it’s not with the Lakers.”
Anthony talked about his future during his exit interview and did not seem exactly like someone interested in returning to the lockers. Considering how disappointing the overall season is, it should come as no surprise that the team split with several free agents this year.
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