February 20, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) speaks about recently deceased owner Jerry Buss before playing against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Lakers next head coach to be hired for 'short term'?

The Los Angeles Lakers have been linked to a handful of names as they attempt to fill their head coaching vacancy, though, few of the names have been overly large in stature.

There’s apparently a reason for that as Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe believes that not only will the Lakers avoid hiring a ‘big name’ coach, whomever they do bring in may only be a short term option.

“The Lakers are not going to make the big-name hire expected when their coaching job became open. Given they are not likely to sign a premium free agent this summer and are waiting for 2015, they are expected to bring on Byron Scott or Kurt Rambis to coach the team for the short term, just as they did with Mike D’Antoni. The difference is both Scott and Rambis are former Lakers and popular among the fan base. D’Antoni was never a popular hire.”

The logic here is simply keeping the franchises head above water until they can firmly re-tool, which may or may not include Kobe Bryant.

Washburn doesn’t go on to expand on just how long the Lakers would be keeping their newest hire. Might it just be for a season? Or may it be for a few years until the Lakers can bring in some additional talent as Bryant rides into the sunset?

Whatever the case may be, that has to be a little alarming to whomever takes the Lakers head coaching job though I doubt they’ll mind considering it’s a springboard to essentially any job you want if you achieve even mild success in Hollywood.

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