Lakers Rivals Reportedly in 'Shock and Relief' LA Hasn't Pursued Big-Name Execs

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistApril 16, 2019

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The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly haven't pursued a number of marquee executives as their organization is in flux, much to the relief of rival teams. 

With Luke Walton out as head coach and Magic Johnson out as president of basketball operations, Marc Stein of the New York Times reported "there is both shock and relief" the Purple and Gold haven't gone after Bob Myers of the Golden State Warriors, R.C. Buford of the San Antonio Spurs or Sam Presti of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This comes after Marcus Thompson II of The Athletic suggested the Lakers could be the team that convinces Myers to leave the Warriors. Sam Quinn of 247Sports reported there could be mutual interest from Myers, who was once based in Southern California as an agent and played at UCLA.

Myers would be a home-run hire after he established the Warriors as the gold standard of the NBA.

Golden State is going for a third straight title and fifth consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, while Buford's Spurs are in the playoffs for the 22nd straight year and Presti's Thunder remain regular contenders in the Western Conference.

Instead, Stein noted Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is leading the coaching search as "the signals so far point" to him taking over basketball operations after Johnson resigned in an impromptu press conference.

Stein said that would be owner Jeanie Buss' "worst mistake of her tenure," pointing to questionable moves and "trust issues" from Pelinka, who used to be Kobe Bryant's agent.

Whoever the Lakers hire as head coach—and perhaps president of basketball operations—will have a daunting task ahead of them. LeBron James turns 35 years old in December and is coming off an injury-plagued season that saw him play a career-low 55 games. Brandon Ingram, Kyle Kuzma and Lonzo Ball also dealt with injuries this past season.

Los Angeles has missed the playoffs in six straight campaigns and needs to figure out its overall strategy to stop that streak in 2019-20.

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