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Amid the Lakers’ coaching search following Dan Hurley’s decision to remain with UConn, another top candidate, James Borrego, is edging closer to securing a head coaching role with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported, via Matt Johnson of Sportsnaut, growing momentum behind Borrego’s candidacy with the Cavaliers, suggesting that other coaching candidates have shifted their focus elsewhere.

Borrego, currently an assistant coach with the New Orleans Pelicans, has been in contention for the Lakers’ coaching vacancy, but recent developments indicate a potential move to Cleveland.

According to Windhorst, Borrego is expected to interview with the Cavaliers early this week as a leading candidate for the position.

The news comes as a significant development in the Lakers’ coaching search, with Borrego’s potential departure altering the landscape of available candidates.

The Lakers had been eyeing Borrego as a possible replacement for the vacant head coaching position following Hurley’s decision to decline the offer.

With Borrego’s candidacy gaining traction in Cleveland, the Lakers may need to explore alternative options to fill their coaching vacancy.

The team aims to finalize a hiring decision ahead of the upcoming NBA Draft, maintaining a sense of urgency in their search for a new head coach.