Lakers to interview Heat assistant Howard this week

Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard has been linked to several coaching vacancies over the past couple seasons.

Along with Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams, the Los Angeles Lakers intend to interview Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard for their coaching vacancy this week, according to Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times.

Howard will have a busy week, as he is also expected to be among the first interviews for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ opening.

The Lakers received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to interview Williams, an assistant on Brett Brown’s staff. Williams is the former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

Lue and the Lakers have already discussed their meeting. Lue coached current Lakers star LeBron James from 2014-18 with the Cavs. Lue took over the Cavs from David Blatt at midseason in 2015-16, then promptly directed the Cavs to their lone championship.

Lue was fired by the Cavs after an 0-6 start this season.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka will spearhead the coaching search, “and is expected to be the team’s only executive attending these meetings,” Ganguli reported.

The Lakers have missed the playoffs a franchise-record six consecutive seasons and are looking to replace Luke Walton, fired last week. Walton was hired as the coach of the Sacramento Kings over the weekend.

Howard joined coach Erik Spoelstra’s staff in Miami after retiring as a player after 19 seasons in 2013. He interviewed for the Detroit Pistons job in 2018.

Colton Jones contributed to this report.