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Next LA Lakers Head Coach Odds: Jay Wright Among Likely Candidates

Next LA Lakers Head Coach Odds: Jay Wright Among Likely Candidates

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The Los Angeles Lakers will be looking for a head coach this offseason. There is no shortage of possibilities.

Frank Vogel was relieved of his duties after the Lakers (33-49) missed the playoffs. With an oft-injured roster that included LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, the Lakers’ failures are considered one of the biggest flops in NBA history.

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The Lakers head coaching job, however, is considered one of basketball’s five-diamond gigs. But it can also come with a short leash and a lot of stress.

Bookies.com oddsmaker Adam Thompson has revealed his NBA odds for the next head coach of the L.A. Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers 2022-23 Head Coach

Team Current/Former JobOdds
Sam Cassell76ers asst.+500
Doc Rivers76ers HC+550
Quin SnyderJazz HC+550
Kenny AtkinsonWarriors asst.+850
Mike BrownWarriors asst.+1000
David FizdaleLakers asst.+1000
Steve CliffordMagic HC+1150
Jay WrightVillanova HC+1200
Mike D'AntoniPelicans advisor+1250
Juwan HowardMichigan HC+2000
Nick NurseRaptors HC+2500
Phil HandyLakers asst.+2500
LeBron JamesLakers F+15000
The FieldN/A+600

Odds are projected and do not reflect odds that may be available at legal betting sites or betting apps.


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Quin Snyder has been a successful coach in Utah for eight seasons. If the Jazz suffer another disappointing playoff exit, however, they may make a change. If so, Snyder will be scooped up quickly by some team.

Doc Rivers has long been considered a possible Lakers head coach. He was with the Clippers for seven years before joining Philadelphia in 2020-21. The Sixers are a title contender; would he leave Philly just to deal with the drama of a non-playoff team? His fondness for L.A. is well known.

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If anyone is going from Philly to L.A. it might be Sam Cassell, a top assistant and “players' coach” who has a decade of assistant experience, most of it under Rivers. He’s due for his first head gig, and if the Lakers like Rivers but can’t secure him, perhaps Cassell is the next best option.

Assistants Kenny Atkinson and Mike Brown have connections and good reputations, but also poor records as head coaches. The same goes for David Fizdale, a Lakers assistant who was just 1-5 with this roster when Vogel was out with Covid protocols and a disaster in New York.

Villanova coach Jay Wright retired from his college head coaching post earlier this month to take up an ambassadorial role at the school. He certainly has the credentials (including two national championships) and the stoic, cool demeanor to deal with the ultra-rich and powerful athletes of the NBA.

On Tuesday, he appeared to leave the door open to one day coaching in the NBA. He told ESPN: "Right now I definitely need a break. I'm looking forward to this [special assistant] position at Villanova. But honestly, down the road, I'd be lying [if I said I hadn't thought about the NBA] - I don't know what I'm going to feel like."


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About the Author

Adam Thompson for Bookies.com
Adam Thompson
NFL writer and expert Adam Thompson joined Bookies.com in 2019 after a successful run as senior handicapper for SportsLine and CBSSports.com. He's long been estabilshed as one of the nation's premier NFL and MLB handicappers, and his horse racing and PGA picks have produced major winners over the last 12 months.