Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is slated to meet with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams on Tuesday, according to Brad Turner of The Los Angeles Times.
The Lakers recently fired coach Luke Walton last week and have started the search for his replacement. Los Angeles’ front office also has some patching up to do after former president Magic Johnson stepped down from his position during an impromptu press conference prior to a season finale loss to the Portland Trail Blazers last week.
Soon after vacating his post, the Lakers reportedly planned to keep Pelinka on board, potentially even increasing his role and power in the front office.
Williams is one of the best candidates available and has NBA experience as an assistant in multiple teams, as a former head coach for the New Orleans Pelicans, and even an executive for the San Antonio Spurs.
However, Williams fits the mold of a player’s coach, as one of the main helpers in Anthony Davis’ eventual rise to stardom. If hired, this would be his second NBA head coaching job after coaching the Hornets/Pelicans from 2010-15.
The 47-year-old owns a 173-221 regular season coaching record (43.9%), including a 2-8 record in the playoffs, both first-round outs in the first and last year of his tenure in New Orleans.