Mike D’Antoni’s Future Still In Question As Lakers Push To Not Extend Contract
It has been reported that current head coach Mike D’Antoni is pushing for the Lakers to opt into the option for the 2015-16 season, allowing him to not be a lame-duck coach this season.
According to Yahoo! Sports Marc Spears, the Lakers are kind of pushing back on the call.
Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni is still pushing to get his option for the 2015-16 season exercised but the Lakers still resisting, a source said
— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) April 29, 2014
USA Today‘s Sam Amick elaborates in what D’Antoni could be thinking.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation, D’Antoni is has some concerns about returning as a lame-duck coach and is pushing for the 2015-16 option to be picked up. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the discussions.
It’s unclear whether D’Antoni will return if the Lakers maintain their current stance that they don’t plan on picking up the option, but the fact that he would like that sort of security should surprise no one who has watched these last two seasons unfold.
Mike D’Antoni isn’t exactly the right person for the Lakers, and could cost Pau Gasol to look for another team this off-season. Possibly hurting the one last run the Lakers are trying to make before Kobe Bryant retires.
What do you think? Should the Lakers keep D’Antoni?