The Los Angeles Lakers are looking for a “peaceful” way to part ways with coach Mike D’Antoni, according to New York Daily News. D’Antoni still has one season left on his contract, which is worth $4 million. However, the Lakers do not plan on bringing him back.
“The Lakers announced this past week that GM Mitch Kupchak agreed to a multi-year extension. Although he’s supported D’Antoni during what has been a disastrous season, Kupchak is said to be on board with the idea that the Lakers can’t keep playing the same way under the coach, with no regard for defense and an offense that doesn’t properly utilize Gasol.”
If the Lakers do decide to keep Mike D’Antoni for one more season, it would be extremely hard to sign some big names in the free agency. Furthermore, firing Coach D’Antoni will also increase the Lakers chances of bringing back Pau Gasol, who will be a free agent after this season. Kurt Rambis and Byron Scott are two former Showtime Lakers who could potentially take over D’Antoni’s job.