Lakers sign Frank Vogel to multiyear head coaching contract

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Vogel flew to Los Angeles on Thursday.

Sent back to square one, to their credit the Lakers moved quickly, agreeing to terms Saturday afternoon with former Pacers and Magic head coach Frank Vogel and making things official Monday evening.

The Lakers will hold an introductory press conference for Coach Vogel at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 20, at the UCLA Health Training Center.

Vogel landed a multiyear deal for an undisclosed salary.

Vogel said in the team-issued statement, "I am very excited for this opportunity to join the Lakers, a prestigious organization that I have long admired".

"I look forward to coaching such phenomenal talent and bringing my strategic vision to the team", he said.

Assuming general manager Rob Pelinka addresses the media and opens the floor, his will be the first public comments from anyone in management since Magic Johnson resigned, Luke Walton was sacked, the Rambii ascended and the Lue.

Ball, the former No. 2 overall pick, has been underwhelming in his first two seasons in the National Basketball Association, but a lot of that has had to with the his inability to stay on the court. Vogel went to Orlando following five-plus seasons leading the Indiana Pacers, including trips to the Eastern Conference finals in 2013 and '14. He has a career record of 304-291.

The Lakers parted ways with coach Luke Walton last month.

"Coach Vogel has a proven track record of success in the NBA Playoffs", Pelinka said in a statement.

The Lakers have yet to announce the hiring of Jason Kidd as an assistant on Vogel's staff. Kidd - who interviewed with the Lakers last month - was a head coach in Brooklyn and Milwaukee but was sacked by the Bucks during the 2017-18 season. He has a 183-190 record. The Lakers will likely try to land Kawhi Leonard and other big names who might be willing to play with James.

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