Report: Lakers to interview JJ Redick this weekend

League: NBA


Posted on: 13 Jun, 2024 at 02:38 PM

Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers formally will interview JJ Redick for their head coaching vacancy this weekend, ESPN reported Thursday.

Redick, 39, is an ESPN analyst and a popular podcaster who played 15 seasons in the NBA but has no coaching experience.

A strong interview with general manager Rob Pelinka and owner Jeanie Buss in Los Angeles reportedly would move Redick to the top of the list to replace Darvin Ham, who was fired last month. Redick previously met with Pelinka at last month's draft combine in Chicago.

The Lakers spent a long time courting UConn head coach Dan Hurley, who ultimately turned down a reported six-year, $70 million contract offer to remain with the two-time defending national champion Huskies.

Redick interviewed with the Charlotte Hornets about their vacancy in April and was in the running to replace Nick Nurse with the Toronto Raptors last summer.

Redick, who is currently covering the NBA Finals for ESPN, averaged 12.8 points and shot 41.5 percent from 3-point range across 940 games with six NBA franchises from 2006-07 through 2020-21.

Los Angeles fired Ham after two seasons including an appearance in the Western Conference finals in 2023. Ham posted a 90-74 record but was 9-12 in the playoffs since replacing Frank Vogel in 2022.

--Field Level Media