Mike D’Antoni Resigns As Head Coach Of The Los Angeles Lakers
After looking to get his contract extended for another season to avoid a lame duck season, ESPN is reporting that Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni has resigned from his position.
According to ESPN,
D’Antoni stepped down after the Lakers refused to pick up the second year of his contract last week, according to two sources. During conversations with the team over the past two weeks, D’Antoni had asked them to pick up the team option on the fourth year of his deal, according to sources.
D’Antoni had one year remaining on his deal at $4 million. The Lakers held a $4 million team option on him for 2015-16.
In a statement Lakers GM Mitch Kupchek said the following,
“Given the circumstances, I don’t know that anybody could have done a better job than Mike did the past two seasons. On behalf of the Lakers, we thank Mike for the work ethic, professionalism and positive attitude that he brought to the team every day. We wish him the best of luck.”
D’Antoni went 27-55 this season.