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As the Los Angeles Lakers gear up for their head coaching search following the dismissal of Darvin Ham, three names have emerged as frontrunners for the coveted position.

According to reports from Shams Charania and Jova Buha of The Athletic, JJ Redick, James Borrego, and Sam Cassell are the initial leading targets for the Lakers.

The Lakers’ next coach will face the challenge of navigating the transition from the LeBron James–Anthony Davis era to the future of Lakers basketball led by Davis.

The report suggests that Los Angeles is prioritizing a coach who can grow with the franchise and maximize Davis’ potential, emphasizing high-level player development.

Redick, a former player turned ESPN analyst, has garnered attention for his insightful commentary and extensive knowledge of the game.

Redick also hosts popular podcasts such as The Old Man & The Three and the new Mind the Game podcast with James, where he shares candid insights into basketball and beyond.

Borrego brings coaching experience from his tenure as head coach of the Charlotte Hornets and currently serves as an assistant coach for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cassell, a seasoned NBA veteran turned coach, is currently serving as an assistant coach for the Boston Celtics, .