The Lakers, who are firing Frank Vogel, have been linked to yet another sitting NBA head coach.
Among the franchise’s top targets for the position, multiple sources say, is Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse.
This is exactly how the Lakers should use their financial, prestige and market advantages. Nurse is one of the NBA’s best coaches. The Lakers shouldn’t settle for less until pursuing coaches like him.
That said, I’m skeptical Los Angeles will lure him.
Nurse works for a much-better-functioning franchise. Though LeBron James and Anthony Davis offer a high ceiling, the Raptors were significantly better and younger than the Lakers this season. Nurse reportedly earns $8 million annually – one of the NBA’s highest coaching salaries.
Even if the Lakers offer enough money to entice Nurse, he’s under contract with Toronto. The Lakers will have only two first-round picks available to offer as compensation this offseason. If using even one of those picks to get Nurse rather than upgrade a flawed roster before LeBron’s prime ends, that’d make the coaching job even less appealing.