As the 2014 NBA Finals approach, the Los Angeles Lakers continue to maneuver for a chance to return to their winning ways.
The offseason is expected to be turbulent for this team. They're coming off a historically dismal season and are in search of on-court talent and the right head coach to dramatically right the ship.
There's been no shortage of rumors circulating around the Lakers recently—everyone is attempting to anticipate what this team will do next.
Let's take a look at a few rumors regarding a highly sought-after free agent and the head coaching search in Los Angeles.
Lakers to Pass on Anthony?
Carmelo Anthony has been generating plenty of buzz as he decides if he is going to test free agency or potentially return to the New York Knicks.
Berman writes, "Meanwhile, the Lakers have cap space, but sources maintain they aren't too interested in Anthony as a fit with Kobe Bryant. Nor is Lakers president Jeanie Buss enthralled with stealing Anthony from Jackson, her fiance."
According to a tweet from Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the latter half of that rumor would be a violation of the NBA's policy:
Reports that Jeanie and the Lakers would bow out of Carmelo Anthony pursuit so as not to impact Phil would be a violation.— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) May 27, 2014
Still, this comes as rather shocking news.
We know that the aging Bryant must be paired with another star in Los Angeles; however, we could speculate that Anthony's desire to have the ball in his hands could end up conflicting with Bryant's playing style.
If that's what the Lakers are currently thinking, adding Anthony would be a very expensive endeavor for a team wary of the potential results.
Lakers to Pass on Fisher?
More news surfaced recently regarding the Lakers head coaching search. Derek Fisher's name has been linked to the Lakers in the same fashion as Anthony's. But the Lakers could be looking elsewhere when it comes to Fisher as well, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
He writes, "Fisher remains a candidate with the Lakers, but management is increasingly leaning toward the hiring of a candidate with head-coaching experience, sources said."
So, Los Angeles hasn't exactly ruled out Fisher yet; however, it certainly appears the team is looking in a different direction.
After all, conflicting reports are all over the web. Take a look at this tweet from Fox Sports:
Derek Fisher is reportedly the favorite to land the Knicks' head coaching job despite still playing for the Thunder: http://t.co/I4fQOrV0m4— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) May 27, 2014
With a good deal of veteran talent on this team, it does make sense that the Lakers would want a veteran coach to pair with Bryant and Co.
As Wojnarowski mentions, Fisher is still a candidate, but the Lakers may not be as intrigued as we once thought.
Dunleavy Head Coach Front-Runner?
The aforementioned report from Wojnarowski details that the Lakers are looking for a head coach with experience. They may not have to look much further than Mike Dunleavy, according to a report from Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
He writes, "Former Lakers and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy interviewed with the Lakers on Wednesday, according to a league source. But his meeting was only with Kupchak, and not Buss."
If you want to talk head coaching experience, Dunleavy is a great name to start with.
He's no stranger to the Lakers, as his first head coaching position came with the team back in 1990—a year in which he led the team to the NBA Finals. From there, he went on to coach the Milwaukee Bucks, the Portland Trail Blazers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
Dunleavy won NBA Coach of the Year honors in 1999 with the Trail Blazers, winning 59 games that season.
For his career, Dunleavy has a regular-season winning percentage of .461 and a playoff winning percentage of .535.
According to a tweet from Sam Amick of USA Today, the Lakers are still doing their due diligence, though:
Can confirm @mcten report that the Lakers interviewed Kurt Rambis (in addition to Byron Scott, Mike Dunleavy). Lionel Hollins next.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) May 27, 2014
It appears the head coaching position is not yet close to being settled.
Thus continues our wild offseason ride with the Lakers.