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Lakers may pry Nick Nurse from Toronto Raptors after potential split with Frank Vogel

Lakers may pry Nick Nurse from Toronto Raptors after potential split with Frank Vogel

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The Los Angeles Lakers play their final game of the year this Sunday amid much uncertainty, including the fate of head coach Frank Vogel.

According to new reports on Sunday, the purple and gold are already hot on one coach’s trail: Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse.

After days of Lakers media reporting that Utah’s Quin Snyder (a former Lakers assistant) and Philadelphia’s Doc Rivers are the current targets for L.A., Nurse emerged on Sunday as the new favorite lead among the coaching considerations.

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Los Angeles, California April 3, 2022- Lakers players including from left, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook sit with teammates on the bench late in the game against the Nuggets at Crypto.com Arena Sunday.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

In three seasons with the Raptors, Nurse has amassed a 186-121 regular-season record (pending Sunday’s finale against the New York Knicks) and led the organization to their first NBA championship in his first season as coach.

As a follow-up to his stellar debut, Nurse won NBA’s Coach of the Year accolade in 2020 — a year shortened by the COVID pandemic. The Raptors finished 53-19 that season.

Los Angeles, California April 3, 2022- Lakers head coach Frank Vogel argues with a referee during a game with the Nuggets at Crypto.com Arena Sunday.

Los Angeles, California April 3, 2022- Lakers head coach Frank Vogel argues with a referee during a game with the Nuggets at Crypto.com Arena Sunday.
(Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Nurse signed a multi-year extension with Toronto in 2020, meaning the Lakers will have to negotiate for Nurse to leave his contract in order to coach in the Southland.

The Lakers will be expecting plenty of new beginnings this offseason.

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Aside from Vogel’s expected firing, general manager Rob Pelinka will surely be put on trial after his offseason investments completely tanked this year.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the Bech next to forward Anthony Davis as head coach Frank Vogel stands by during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, sits on the Bech next to forward Anthony Davis as head coach Frank Vogel stands by during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Los Angeles.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

The longstanding disconnect between the team and Russell Westbrook proved to be one of the priciest blunders by a Lakers GM, along with acquiring Miami Heat scoring guard Kendrick Nunn, who failed to register a single appearance all season due to a bone bruise.

Adding to the crumbling Lakers dynasty are potential exits by superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as the latter’s name gets thrown around as potential offseason trade capital and James exhibits a laissez-faire attitude toward staying in Los Angeles.

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