"We are excited to add Frank Vogel as the next head coach of the Lakers", general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Vogel's deal is good for three years.
Instead, the Lakers moved forward and announced on Monday night that they had handed Vogel the task of rebuilding on a bad season past year. "I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team". Walton subsequently was hired as the Sacramento Kings head coach.
Although LeBron James would likely never ask for a trade from the Lakers, it does seem like the Lakers are doing what they can to separate themselves from LeBron in any discussions about the team.
Vogel, 45, went 304-291 in eight seasons as an National Basketball Association coach, six with in from 2010-2016 and the next two with a rebuilding Orlando Magic squad. He was hired by Orlando in 2016 but was sacked at the end of the 2017-18 season.
During his time as head coach with the Pacers, Vogel accumulated a 250-181 record and was a four-time NBA Eastern Conference Coach of the Month with the Pacers, leading them to five playoff appearances and back-to-back trips to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2013 and 2014.
Thanks to Bird Rights, the team can make their signings this year, and go over the cap to sign the young core when the time comes. The team reportedly was turned down by Monty Williams and Tyronn Lue.
Vogel was previously the assistant head coach at the Boston Celtics and the Philadelphia 76ers, but most recently held the role of head coach of the Orlando Magic.