The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Darvin Ham for their head coaching position.
As relayed by The Athletic/Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Lakers have requested permission from Milwaukee to interview Ham for their vacancy.
Ham is still coaching with the Bucks and heading into Round 2 of the 2021-22 NBA postseason to face off against the Boston Celtics. He first joined the team as an assistant in 2018.
Sources: The Lakers have requested permission to interview Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham for their head coach opening. Ham served as a Lakers assistant from 2011-13. The team is starting the next stage of the coaching search process.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) April 29, 2022
Ham emerged as a lead candidate for an NBA head coaching role throughout the coaching carousel in the 2021 offseason but ultimately returned to Milwaukee, also coming off a 2020-2021 Finals championship.
Darvin Ham played in the NBA between 1996-and 2008 — appearing for the Denver Nuggets, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks and Detroit Pistons.
The undrafted 6-foot-7 small forward out of Texas Tech pivoted to coaching after retiring.
He was the head coach of the formerly named New Mexico Thunderbirds and remained with the team after their move to Canton, OH.
Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder was long rumored to be a front-runner for LA after the team fired three-year coach Frank Vogel, but Snyder has not reciprocated much interest in the job.
The Sixers are fresh off eliminating the Toronto Raptors (4-2) in Round 1, meaning Rivers may likely opt to remain in Philly with some hope for the future.
With another strong Bucks regular season to add to his resume — finishing third in the East (51-31) — Ham’s stock is on the rise, with the Lakers standing out as the hottest head-coaching vacancy in the Association.