Frank Vogel has coached his final game for the Los Angeles Lakers, a decision that’s expected to be shared with him as soon as Monday, sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Lakers’ search is expected to be lengthy and expansive with no clear initial frontrunner.
The Lakers beat the Denver Nuggets 146-141 in overtime on Sunday night to conclude a disappointing 33-49 season in which they failed to make the playoffs.
“I haven’t been told s— and I’m going to enjoy tonight’s game, celebrate what these young guys did in terms of scratching and clawing and getting back in this game and getting a W, and we’ll deal with tomorrow tomorrow,” Vogel said after the game.
The Lakers were 126-98 in three seasons under Vogel, whose tenure included an NBA championship in 2019-20, his first season in Los Angeles. The team made the playoffs again in his second season, but lost to the eventual Western Conference champion Phoenix Suns in six games in the opening round.
The Lakers, missing their leader in LeBron James due to a left ankle injury, were eliminated from the play-in tournament Tuesday.