Doc Rivers has been mentioned as a potential candidate to lead the Los Angeles Lakers next season. The Philadelphia 76ers seemed to pause that talk when they publicly committed to Rivers earlier this month, but the Lakers are clearly not convinced.
NBA reporter Marc Stein wrote on Monday that there is a sense around the NBA that the Lakers have “don’t give up hope completelyWith Rivers. Of course, that might just be wishful thinking.
Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has stated with no certainty recently that Rivers will be back with the team next season. A later report claimed the 76ers were ready Work directly with Rivers to improve the listings.
Rivers’ contract with Philadelphia runs through the 2024-25 season. Even if Rivers wanted to coach the Lakers, the Sixers would get paid. LA has exhausted most of its draft capital by acquiring Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook in blockbuster deals. It’s not clear how the Lakers will even trade with Rivers if they get that far with the 60-year-old.
The Lakers are said to have narrowed their search down to three finalists. Stein was told by a source that the search was “still broader” than recent reports have indicated.
It is highly unlikely that the Lakers can push Rivers away from Philly. The only hope they have is if each other’s interests and Rivers refuse to return to the Sixers. Even then, the situation would be extremely complicated.