The Los Angeles Lakers could be on the verge of some drastic changes this summer with head coach Mike D'Antoni potentially on his way out after one of the worst seasons in franchise history. D'Antoni's potential replacement was suggested by former Kentucky and NBA star Rex Champman on April 7 on Twitter:
"Was messin' 'round on Sat nite re: Cal. But word is - win or lose 2nite - it's a #DoneDeal ...Cal 2 La-La-Land 2 coach Mamba's Lakers. #NoBS"
The speculation surrounding the immediate future of D'Antoni as the head coach of the Lakers will continue to heat up with the season coming to a close for the storied franchise. D'Antoni has been rumored to be on his way out for quite some time with talk of Kobe Bryant no longer wanting to play for him and many believe he simply isn't the right man for the job moving forward.
As for John Calipari, there's been no indication that the head coach of Kentucky is considering leaving the school for the NBA. Calipari is arguably one of the best head coaches on the collegiate level, but hasn't had success during his stints with the New Jersey Nets and Philadelphia 76ers (assistant coach).
Shortly after the rumor surfaced about Calipari heading to the Lakers being a "done deal," the rumor was refuted by Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak according to Chris Dufresne of the L.A. Times:
Lakers are refuting Calipari to Lakers story put out by Rex Chapman before NCAA tip: GM Mitch Kupchak says "rumor is untrue"
With five games remaining for the Lakers in the 2013-14 NBA season, more rumors are bound to surface in the coming weeks about the intentions of the storied franchise. Changes are almost certainly on the horizon for the Lakers, but there's still no telling what the changes will be.
The Lakers will have a high pick in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft while also possessing a sizable amount of cap space to use in free agency.