Report: Lakers permitted to speak with head coaching candidates

The Los Angeles Lakers, continuing their methodical search for the franchise’s next coach, have gained permission to speak with a group of assistants, according to ESPN.

The network reported Wednesday that the list includes New Orleans’ James Borrego, Denver’s David Adelman, Boston’s Sam Cassell, Minnesota’s Micah Nori and Chris Quinn of the Miami Heat.

Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka has reportedly also expressed interest in current ESPN analyst JJ Redick.

The Lakers parted ways with Darvin Ham following their first-round playoff loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Ham was 90-74 in his two seasons at the helm in Los Angeles.