The Lakers will ask interviewees how they would use Willis when interviewing coaches, according to celebrity reporter Sam Amick. The Lakers fired championship head coach Vogel at the end of the regular season, and the position is currently vacant. The Lakers interviewed several candidates for the head coach position, including Curry mentor Mark Jackson, former Blazers head coach Stotts and others. The source revealed that the candidates involved in the Lakers head c
This season, the Lakers only ranked 11th in the West without a playoff. There are many reasons for the Lakers’ failure, of which Willow is again considered to be the biggest reason. Willow averaged 18.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 7.1 assists, shooting 44.5% from the field, 29.8% from three and 66.7% from the free throw line this season. Compared to last season’s performance for the Wizards, Willis has slipped a lot. In the mid-season trade window, the Lakers tried to send Willow away, but ultimately did not put into action, Willow stayed with the team to play through the season.
According to U.S. media reports, the Lakers and Willis both had the idea of going their separate ways this summer after the season ended. But now it seems that both sides have changed their plans. Los Angeles Times reporter Jovan Buha reported that with Phil Jackson’s pushing advice, the Lakers not only don’t plan to trade Willis again, but also plan to negotiate a four-year, $170 million contract extension with him.
Phil has coached the Lakers and led them to five championships. Phil is the former fiancé of Lakers owner Jeanie Bass, and Jeanie values his opinion. Phil admires Willis and believes that Willis’ poor performance this season is not a matter of ability, but Vogel’s failure to use him well. Jovan Buha relayed Phil’s opinion: “This season is not Willow’s normal game state, the Lakers did not find the right way to use Willow and the right tactics for Willow to play with James and Anthony Davis.”
In Phil’s opinion, as long as the correct use of Willow, the Lakers Big Three can return to the ranks of the championship. Also Willow’s contract is difficult to trade. After this season, Willow has one year left on his contract, with an annual salary of $47 million next season. Because of Willow’s poor performance this season, so his trade value is very low, even for Wall are going backwards first round signings. The Lakers are not willing to lose money trading Willow, plus Phil’s force, simply do not trade. The Lakers not only do not trade Willow, but also plan to give him a 4-year $170 million contract extension, which is intended for long-term cooperation with Willow. If Willow can return to the peak, that 4 years 170 million or worth. But Willow is 33 years old this year, he can really return to the peak in the future?
The Lakers aren’t trading Willis anymore, and James talked about his future when he answered questions from netizens online. One netizen asked how long James would play, to which James replied, “It depends on how I feel, on how long I can keep my psyche fresh and sharp (for), and I’m still a psychologically driven guy.”
Another user asked: Are you 100% planning to play with Brownie? James replied, “The plan is this! (It depends) on God’s will.”
During the All-Star Game this year, James expressed his desire to play with Brownie in an interview, for which he was willing to give all his efforts, and now he is once again showing his attitude. After this season, James also has only one year left on his contract with the Lakers, with an annual salary of $44.47 million next season. The Lakers will offer James a two-year, $97.1 million contract extension, which James is still hesitant about.
If the Lakers really and Willow contract extension 4 years 170 million, then James may not renew with the Lakers. Because if Willow can return to the peak of that okay, once again can not return, then the Lakers will close the window for the championship.