After Darvin Ham’s arrival, the Lakers continue with the process of filling the team’s coaches. According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the board has confirmed the arrival of long-time NBA assistant Chris Jent as Ham’s main assistant next season.
Jent is a former LeBron friend. He worked for four years with the player when he was on the Cavs team from 2006 to 2011. During that time, he was responsible for helping LeBron improve his shooting.
Jent spent the last five seasons as an Hawks assistant, where he worked with Ham on Mike Budenholzer’s team in 2017-18. Jent and Ham have maintained a close relationship ever since.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Jent, along with former Ham Detroit Pistons teammate Rasheed Wallace, were being considered for a job with the Lakers. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. However, in an interview last week, Ham ignored the topic, but hinted that Sheed could be part of the team.
Shortly after the season ended, the Lakers sacked David Fizdale, Mike Penberthy and John Lucas III. On the other hand, the board appointed player development specialist Phil Handy on the committee. Earlier, ESPN reported that the board also planned to keep Quinton Crawford, but Brad Timeser of LA Times reported that Crawford is expected to join Jason Kidd’s team in Dallas Mavericks.
The Lakers’ Key Plan for the NBA Draft
With the season now over, with the Warriors crowned NBA champions, the league’s next goal is to draft this Thursday, the 23rd.
With a small youth squad and no nominees, the Lakers will try to negotiate a second round qualifier.
The whole question is who will be willing to give up such an option and at what price.
As previously reported, the two teams could partner with the Lakers in this negotiation.
Via Lakers Daily:
“Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report has analyzed the rumors in the league and identified some teams that may be willing to do business.
“The Lakers are well-known for their second-round qualifiers. The Hawks (# 44) and the Pistons (# 46) have options that are considered available, sources said.”
If the Lakers complete the deal with Detroit for the 46th option, they will end up getting a draw in the position they won.
Three years ago, the board exchanged rights for the 46th round in the draft that year, and ended up bringing the young Talen Horton-Tucker to Los Angeles.
In 2014, the Lakers received 46th choice from the Washington Wizards, which they used to select Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson became a prominent Lakers player as a first-team player, so he was named in the NBA All-Rookie First Team and ended up winning the sixth best player award last season.
We’ll see what Rob Pelinka and the company can do while the 23rd goes on.