Along with bringing in Darvin Ham as head coach this offseason, one of the Lakers’ other biggest wins on the sideline came with retaining assistant coach Phil Handy. Now it looks like Handy will be around for a lot longer.
Let’s take a look at the latest reports and rumours.
A practical extension
Handy is one of the most respected assistants in the league, both by his counterparts and the players. It was no small victory that the Lakers were able to retain his services when the vast majority of Frank Vogel’s staff left.
But not only did the Lakers convince Handy to return, they also reportedly agreed to an extension with him, according to ESPN’s Marc Spears.
You really can’t underestimate how important it is to keep Handy. For one, he’s one of the best player development coaches in the league, and the Lakers have a number of young players, including recent rookie Max Christie. Perhaps as importantly, Handy has the respect and support of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, two very important figures in the franchise.
Now, even though the Lakers have locked him in for a long time now, Handy is someone who has expressed a desire this offseason to move into a head coaching role. Similar to Ham, Handy will be looking to move from respected assistant to head coach in the coming years, which means his time with the Lakers could still be limited.
Silence around Carmelo
One of the fan favorites of a usually rotten team last year was Carmelo Anthony. Especially at the start of the season, Staples Melo gave fans a lot of fun moments. However, later in the season, Melo’s age showed considerably, especially on the defensive end, also leaving a sour taste in the fans’ mouths.
Still, his goalscoring prowess was still there and his adaptation to the modern game at the end of his career meant he could still play a part in a team, but there was no buzz around his name until now according to longtime NBA reporter Marc Stein in his latest Spotify Live session.
“I haven’t heard Carmelo’s name once since free will started. I think he was pretty solid last season for the Lakers. Can he find his way to a job? I think he played well enough for the answer to be yes. I know there are people who are still hoping there will be another Knicks reunion in his future. But he’ll probably be a signing later in the summer.
After last season, Anthony spoke about his time in Los Angeles and didn’t look like someone likely to return. The flurry of Lakers moves and the complete lack of reports linking them to Anthony likely paint the picture of the end of their time together. We will always have Staples Melo.
Kyrie Irving prefers to stay in Brooklyn?
Look, Kyrie Irving’s roller coaster has been crazy and it’s been going on for barely a month. And he’s not even a Laker.
Yeah, big deep breath.
Reports have long since reached a ridiculous level, but the latest that Irving would be favorite staying in Brooklyn, whether Kevin Durant is there or not, is about as wild as it gets.
Not that it’s necessary, but just a reminder that we’re three weeks away from a point where a lot of people were convinced that Kyrie could legitimately walk out of his contract, take the taxpayer’s mid-level exception and accept a $30 million pay cut. . He also explored business options around this time.
Now we’re at a point where he’s just ready to play in Brooklyn? When can we quit this mad rush?
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