Michigan Wolverines coach Juan Howard recently turned down an Overture from the Los Angeles Lakers for the NBA team’s head coaching position, ESPN reported Sunday.
Howard will be at his Alma Mater, where he will be coaching his two sons – Jess and Jet – next season, ESPN sources said. Jess will be a junior and Jet will be a freshman from Michigan.
The Lakers have been looking for a head coach since the sacking of Frank Vogel in April when the team finished 33-49 and missed the playoffs.
ESPN says the Lakers never made a formal offer to Howard, but if he had shown interest, he would have been a serious candidate for the job.
Howard was interviewed for the Lakers head-coaching position before taking over the top position in Michigan in 2019 when he was assistant coach of the Miami Heat.
Howard guided the Wolverines to Sweet 16 at the NCAA Tournament last season. He is 61-32 in three seasons in Michigan, including 19-15 this past season. The team also hosted the NCAA Tournament the previous season, reaching the Elite Eight and finishing 23-5.
ESPN reports that finalists for the Lakers’ coaching job include Milwaukee box assistant Darwin Hamm, Golden State Warriors assistant Kenny Atkinson, and former Portland Trail Blazer head coach Terry Stouts. The outlet said the Lakers would probably be interviewed in person in the near future.
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