It’s not officially official yet, but it will become a reality when the Los Angeles Lakers, who acquired LeBron James and an assortment of other players during the offseason, will indeed miss the postseason due to Bron missing 18 games due to injury and terrible play by the team following rumors of players being traded.
When that does happen, the Lakers are widely expected to fire Luke Walton at the end of the season.
Once Walton has made his exit, the Lakers might already have someone in mind to replace him as the franchise and Doc Rivers reportedly have mutual interest, according to a report from Peter Vecsey on his Patreon.
“According to a confidant, he almost always has wanted to leash the Lakers,” wrote Vecsey. “In conversations over the years, Doc frequently expressed an ardent ambition to coach either them, or the Knicks before retiring, if for no other motivation than their worldwide brands.”
Rivers is currently under contract with the Los Angeles Clippers through the 20-21 season.
Free agency can change everything, especially if Kawhi Leonard leaves the Toronto Raptors and signs with the Clippers as rumors have suggested he might do following the 2018-2019 season.