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NBA insider Shams Charania reports that LeBron James is not involved in the Los Angeles Lakers’ head coaching search. The Lakers are searching for a new head coach following the firing of Darvin Ham.

Contrary to rumors, James has no role in the decision-making process for the new head coach. Speculations suggested that hiring JJ Redick might be a strategy to appease James, who will enter contract negotiations this summer.

Charania clarified on FanDuel TV’s Run It Back that James has not discussed Redick with the Lakers. The organization has full control over the head coaching search, independent of James’ input.

“I’m told LeBron James is not involved in the Lakers head coaching search…James has made it clear that this is the organization’s decision, he’s had no conversions with the Lakers about JJ Redick,” Charania said.

Redick, a former player and friend of James, has emerged as a slight favorite for the coaching position. Despite the close relationship, James has distanced himself from the hiring process.

The Lakers’ search for a new head coach comes at a pivotal time as they aim to build a competitive roster for the upcoming season.

James’ contract negotiations with the Lakers are anticipated to be a significant event this summer. However, his contract talks are not influencing the coaching search.