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NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers leaning towards keeping Mike D'Antoni

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Despite rumors swirling Monday night that John Calipari was all but set to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, it’s being reported that the franchise is leaning towards keeping current head coach Mike D’Antoni.

Past 3 weeks I’ve been told Lakers will decide Mike D’Antoni’s future when season ends. I’m told Lakers are leaning toward keeping him.

That type of news likely won’t thrill most Lakers fans, but the organization doesn’t appear as if they’re planning an all out assault on the 2014 free agent pool and will likely return a somewhat similar roster for the 2014-15 season.

Much of the current roster that is likely to return will be gone come the 2015-16 season (sans Kobe Bryant) and you’d probably want a new coach and new players to come in all together as opposed to adding a new high profile coach who’ll be stuck with a roster full of players like Kendall Marshall and an ailing Steve Nash (not to mention having to pay three coaches then).

A final decision has yet to be made, but according to Mark Medina, as of right now the Lakers are favoring keeping D’Antoni.

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