Report: Lakers leaning toward firing D'Antoni

Apr 9, 11:03 AM

What a difference a week makes.

Seven days ago, Bleacher Report's Kevin Ding reported the Los Angeles Lakers were leaning toward retaining head coach Mike D'Antoni, despite being in the midst of one of the worst seasons in franchise history.

Think again, says ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin.

"Despite reports out there that the Lakers could be leaning toward retaining Mike D'Antoni, my sources tell me that is not the case," McMenamin said during an appearance on ESPN on Tuesday.

"If anything, they're leaning toward relieving him of his coaching duties at the end of this season and not picking up that final year of his contract that is $4 million guaranteed, and find[ing] someone else out there on the market."

The Lakers have gone 0-4 since Ding's report, and it's possible both Ding and McMenamin have provided accurate reports in context.

In other words, it's possible the Lakers changed their minds.

The team signed general manager Mitch Kupchak to a multi-year contract extension on Tuesday night.

[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]

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