The Lakers parted ways with Luke Walton on Friday. Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes reported Saturday that Los Angeles made contact with former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue about its head coaching vacancy.
According to the Los Angeles Times' Tania Ganguli, the Lakers expect to interview Howard, Lue and Monty Williams this week, with the full details yet to be finalized.
Howard has worked on the Heat's staff for the past five seasons. He entered the coaching ranks after ending his 19-year playing career in 2013.
Because of his vast experience as a player, Howard would immediately command a level of respect inside an NBA locker room. He'd be a good fit for the Lakers, in particular, since he and LeBron James were teammates on the Heat for three seasons.
Whether the organization consults with James directly or not, Los Angeles will want to make sure he's behind the candidate it selects to succeed Walton.
Although Howard hasn't yet coached his own team, ESPN.com's Kevin Arnovitz wrote he has earned glowing endorsements during his time working under Erik Spoelstra: "Those in Miami say Howard's gravitas as a coach, already present on Day 1, has only grown over time. He has developed a passion for the craft and has honed his tactical knowledge."
Regardless of whom they chose, the Lakers will want to wrap their coaching search up somewhat quickly so they can have everything set when they pursue marquee free agents this offseason.