Lakers receive OK to speak with Williams

The Lakers have received permission to speak with Sixers assistant Monty Williams about their head-coaching job.

The Los Angeles Lakers have received permission to speak with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams about the head-coaching position, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Williams, along with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, are the reported frontrunners for the Lakers job, which became open when the team and Luke Walton parted ways this week.

Los Angeles general manager Rob Pelinka will reportedly be speaking with Williams and Lue soon.

Willams left the Oklahoma City Thunder, for whom he was associate head coach, after tragically losing his wife. He and his children relocated to San Antonio to be near extended family. He spent two seasons in the Spurs’ front office and then returned to coaching this season as the top assistant on Brett Brown’s staff with the 76ers.

Williams coached the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons, reaching the playoffs in the first (2010-11) and last (2014-15), before joining OKC.

He was a part of Mike¬†Krzyzewski’s¬†USA Basketball coaching staff of gold medal-winning Team USA in the Rio Olympics in 2016.