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The Los Angeles Lakers have zeroed in on JJ Redick as their next head coach, according to Anthony Irwin of Lakers Daily.

The Purple and Gold are moving forward with this decision after determining that Tyronn Lue will not be available this offseason.

Last week, it was reported that the Lakers would start interviewing candidates. They have now received the necessary permissions to interview assistant coaches currently in the playoffs.

Sources say the Lakers are approaching their meeting with Redick expecting to be impressed. Redick’s success as a podcaster and television analyst suggests he will likely meet these expectations, and the Lakers aim to hire him quickly.

Although Redick has been their top candidate for over a week, the Lakers will still conduct a thorough interview process. There is no guarantee Redick will be hired, but he is currently the frontrunner.

James Borrego, Kenny Atkinson, David Adelman, Micah Nori, and Chris Quinn are also candidates. However, Redick has emerged as the leading choice.

Despite Darvin Ham’s short tenure as head coach, the Lakers are considering another coach with no prior experience. An Eastern Conference executive believes this move is strategic, potentially allowing general manager Rob Pelinka to attribute the hire to LeBron James if it fails.

Redick is perceived as highly organized, communicative, and detail-oriented. His 14-year career and relationship with James give the Lakers confidence in his ability to hold players accountable.

Redick was also a finalist for the Charlotte Hornets’ head coach position before Charles Lee was hired. There is speculation that Redick might have declined that opportunity anticipating the Lakers’ offer.

Redick’s current role as a commentator for ESPN/ABC presents a potential complication. He is set to call NBA Finals games, which could delay his transition to head coach. It is unclear if ESPN will release Redick from his contract before the Finals.