Vogel agrees to three-year deal with Lakers; Kidd on staff

Former Magic and Pacers coach Frank Vogel has been hired as the coach of the Lakers.

Former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic coach Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year contract to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Vogel interviewed for the position Thursday and was believed to be a favorite of Lakers senior advisor of Kurt Rambis. According to Wojnarowski, Jason Kidd has also agreed to a deal to become a prominent assistant coach on Vogel’s staff. Kidd is the former coach of the Brooklyn Nets and Milwaukee Bucks.

Per multiple reports, the Lakers also expressed interest in or interviewed former Memphis Grizzlies coach J.B. Bickerstaff, Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard, former New York Knicks and Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson, and former Nets and Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.

Talks with former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue broke off last week.

Vogel, 45, coached the Pacers from 2011-16 and the Magic from 2016-18, compiling a record of 304-291. He led the Pacers to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and ’14, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat on both occasions.

Vogel went 250-181 while at the helm of the Pacers, the second-most wins and second-highest winning percentage (.580) by a head coach in franchise history.

He worked with the Lakers as an advance scout in 2005-06.

1 Comment on "Vogel agrees to three-year deal with Lakers; Kidd on staff"

  1. Maybe LeBron has grown up. But if not eats pretty easy to visualize him ignoring or disrespecting Vogel and choosing to interact more exclusively with Kidd. I think Kidd is there to stay for more than a year. Can’t say the same for both LeBron and Vogel, unless they reach great heights next season. That clock is already ticking.

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