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Lakers Hire Frank Vogel As New Head Coach, Jason Kidd Assistant

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  • Lakers Hire Frank Vogel As New Head Coach, Jason Kidd Assistant

    Vogel to coach Lakers with Kidd on staff

    Frank Vogel has agreed to a three-year deal to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources told ESPN.

    Vogel met with Lakers management Thursday and talks escalated quickly toward an offer Saturday to end the franchise's tumultuous coaching process with his hiring, sources said.

    The Lakers completed the deal Saturday afternoon with Vogel's agent, Lonnie Cooper.

    Jason Kidd has also agreed to a deal to become a prominent assistant coach on Vogel's staff, league sources said.

    The Lakers are enthusiastic about the prospect of Kidd working with point guard Lonzo Ball on a full-time basis. Kidd also has a strong relationship and history with LeBron James; the two were former teammates for USA Basketball.

    Vogel, 45, was the third coach to be offered the Lakers' coaching job. Monty Williams and Ty Lue both rejected the Lakers' offers.

    While Vogel will be judged on a difficult two-season tenure with the Orlando Magic (2016-18) that included 29- and 25-victory seasons in a rebuild, he constructed a strong reputation in his five full seasons with the Indiana Pacers, leading them to consecutive Eastern Conference finals in the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

    Vogel went 250-181 while leading the Pacers, the second-most wins and second-highest win percentage (.580) by a head coach in franchise history.