FRANK Vogel has signed a three-year deal to be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, with Jason Kidd taking on a prominent role as assistant coach, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Vogel, 45, got the Lakers job after contract talks between the Lakers and Tyronn Lue broke down, multiple reports bared. Lue wanted a five-year deal but Vogel agreed to the three-year deal which the Lakers preferred.
The hiring brings together Vogel and LeBron James. Vogel coached Indiana for five years and led the Pacers to two trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and ’14. The Pacers lost both years to LeBron and the Miami Heat.
Vogel has worked for the Lakers organization before as an advance scout during the 2005-06 season. He did not coach last season following two years with the Orlando Magic.
Vogel is the fifth candidate known to have interviewed for the opening since the Lakers dismissed Luke Walton on April 12.
Los Angeles was thought to be on the verge of hiring Lue this week before talks broke down. They have also considered Monty Williams, who was hired by the Phoenix Suns, Juwan Howard and Jason Kidd.