Lakers Rumors: Bucks' Darvin Ham to Interview for Vacant HC Position

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVApril 29, 2022

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 08: Acting head coach Darvin Ham of the Milwaukee Bucks reacts during the second half of the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center on January 08, 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have requested an interview with Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham for their head coaching vacancy, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. 

Per that report, the Lakers are "starting the next stage of the coaching search process."

Ham has also received permission to interview with the Sacramento Kings for their coaching vacancy, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski

The 48-year-old spent eight years in the NBA as a role player for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Washington Wizards, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons, averaging 2.7 points and 2.3 rebounds in his career. 

He transitioned into NBA coaching in 2011, serving as an assistant for the Lakers for two seasons. He's since had stints in Atlanta (2013-14 to 2017-18) and Milwaukee (2018-19 to present). 

The Lakers, meanwhile, are seeking to replace Frank Vogel, who went 127-98 as the head coach, reached the playoffs in two of his three seasons and won a title with the team. But the Lakers were a woeful 33-49 this season and, despite poor roster construction and a spate of injuries, Vogel was the first scapegoat to fall. 

The Lakers are sure to cast a wide net, with recent reports linking them to Utah Jazz head honcho Quin Snyder. Jovan Buha of The Athletic wrote that Philadelphia's Doc Rivers and Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown were also "realistic coaching candidates." 

And Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has also been linked to the vacancy. 

The Lakers will hope to draw a high-profile candidate with the allure of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and an address in sunny Los Angeles. The team's tumultuous 2021-22 season and the manner in which the Vogel firing was handled may play a part in which of those candidates entertain the possibility of joining the franchise, however.