NBA notebook: Lakers reportedly tab Vogel as coach

NBA notebook: Lakers reportedly tab Vogel as coach
By Reuters

12/05/2019 at 03:05Updated 12/05/2019 at 03:07

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal with Frank Vogel to become their next head coach, ESPN reported Saturday.

Vogel will have a three-year contract, and his staff will feature Jason Kidd
in a prominent role as an assistant, according to ESPN.

The Lakers were forced to reset their coaching search after Tyronn Lue turned
down the opportunity to be Luke Walton's replacement. Lue reportedly had the
chance to run the team but considered the Lakers' three-year, $18 million
offer a snub after discussing a five-year contract.

Vogel, 45, was head coach of the Indiana Pacers from 2010-16. He also coached
the Orlando Magic from 2016-18, and has a career record of 304-291. The Pacers
made five playoff appearances during his tenure.

--Golden State Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins is "on course" to return from
a partially torn quadriceps muscle sometime during the Western Conference
Finals, according to Marc Stein of the New York Times.

Cousins said earlier this week that he anticipated returning for the Warriors,
who lost star forward Kevin Durant to a right calf strain in Game 5 of their
semifinal series against the Houston Rockets.

Cousins, a six-time All-Star who has started taking part in light shooting
drills, tore the quad muscle in his left leg in Game 2 of the first round of
the playoffs against the Los Angeles Clippers on April 15, but the injury did
not require surgery.

--The Cleveland Cavaliers expanded their coaching search with four interviews
in Denver, according to a report from ESPN.

Denver Nuggets assistants Jordi Fernandez and Wes Unseld Jr. and Portland
Trail Blazers assistant David Vanterpool were among the interviewees,
according to the report. The team also met with Orlando Magic assistant Steve
Hetzel.

The Cavaliers have also received permission to interview Trail Blazers
assistant Nate Tibbetts once the Western Conference semifinals series between
Portland and Denver ends, according to the report. Cleveland interviewed San
Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina earlier this week, according to ESPN.

--Field Level Media

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