After making a strong impression during the interview process, Frank Vogel is reportedly set to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Vogel and the Lakers talked more on Saturday and reached an agreement to make him the team’s newest coach.
Vogel emerged as a potential candidate this week after contract talks with Ty Lue broke down. Amidst reported dysfunction, the Lakers moved quickly to quiet the noise by finding their next target and working out a deal.
The former Indiana Pacers and Orlando Magic head coach will bring a defensive mindset to a team that could surely use it. Vogel also has significant coaching experience and success, including a 250-181 record in the regular season, five playoff appearances and two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in six seasons with the Pacers.
While Vogel’s two-year stint with the Magic ended with a 54-110 record, he was working with a notable drop in talent and didn’t seem to fit for a team leaning more towards a rebuild.
At least one of Vogel’s assistant coaches is likely already known. Jason Kidd is expected to take on a prominent role in the coaching staff and will bring plenty of his own experience as well.
Vogel doesn’t have a notable relationship with LeBron James, so that will be something to watch early in the season. The relationship between Vogel and Kidd will also be worth monitoring this year.