Frank Vogel has reportedly agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN. Jason Kidd has also agreed to sign on as Vogel’s assistant.
Jason Kidd has agreed to join Vogel's Lakers staff in a prominent assistant coaching role, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/ZrQRWfq1US
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 11, 2019
Vogel most recently coached the Magic from 2016-18 after the Pacers did not renew his contract at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season. During his two seasons in Orlando, Vogel led the team to last-place finishes in the Southeast Division, compiling a cumulative record of 54-110.
Kidd’s returns to the coaching ranks after being fired by the Milwaukee Bucks 45 games into the 2017-18 campaign. However, this marks the first time he will serve as an assistant.
Vogel’s emerging candidacy speaks to the significant influence of Lakers’ adviser Kurt Rambis and former coach Phil Jackson, whose opinions weigh heavily with owner Jeanie Buss. Vogel was the runner-up to Jeff Hornacek when Jackson hired a New York Knicks replacement for Derek Fisher in the summer of 2016.
Vogel becomes the Lakers’ fifth head coach in the last eight seasons. The franchise has missed the playoffs in six consecutive seasons — the longest streak in franchise history. No telling how LeBron James will feel about this hire. The Lakers’ front office still has a lot of work to do, if they want to build a championship level team around James in 2020 and beyond.