Herd w/Colin Cowherd @TheHerd
.@ColinCowherd on Lakers HC search and Magic replacement: - Monty Williams is No. 1 choice, but might not get him if 76ers lose in 1st 2 round of playoffs - Ty Lue 2nd choice and likely HC - Already have someone to replace Magic, he's currently running another team in playoffs https://t.co/AuikjEa16F
"They are communicating with him and he is OKing all these moves," Cowherd said of Johnson's mystery replacement. "He is not currently in the Laker building. He's currently running another team that's in the playoffs. It could be a handful of people. It could be a Michael Winger with the Los Angeles Clippers, Bob Myers with Golden State, young smart guy in Toronto. There's a couple other guys out there."
Cowherd also reported that Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams was the Lakers' first choice as their next head coach, but that Williams would prefer to remain in Philadelphia if that head-coaching position became available given the team's stronger roster. That would be contingent upon Brett Brown being fired after this postseason, however.
The Lakers' second choice would reportedly be former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue. Both Williams and Lue have been regularly connected to the Lakers job:
Whoever takes over the president of basketball operations role will have a number of huge decisions to make this offseason, including appointing a head coach.
Will Rob Pelinka remain as general manager? What will the plan be to attract star free agents? If they fall short on that goal, will they be able to trade for a star like Anthony Davis or perhaps Bradley Beal? Are any of the team's young players worth keeping in any such deal?
Of course, the fact that the Lakers are reportedly already honing in on a next head coach sends mixed signals about just how much decision-making power their next president will hold, at least this offseason, if that person isn't being consulted on the candidates.
They'll also be stepping into one of the most high-profile executive jobs in professional sports, one that the affable Johnson quit after just two years. Johnson and Pelinka were unable to turn the Lakers into a contender; Johnson's predecessor will be mandated to achieve that goal.