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April 18, 2014 Updates

Gasol, however, also said he had "misunderstandings" with D'Antoni the past two years and was uncertain if the status of the coach would affect his decision. D'Antoni has one more year and a team option remaining on his Lakers contract, but his future with the organization is in question. The Lakers might also want to part ways with Gasol to save money for better free agent classes in 2015 and 2016. Yahoo! Sports

April 17, 2014 Updates

Mike D'Antoni might have coached his last game with the Lakers on Wednesday. Or he might return for the final guaranteed year of his contract. It'll be the biggest subplot of a Lakers off-season sure to feature twists and turns. "We'll sit down with Mitch and Jim at the end of the year and reassess everything and see where we are and see what their thoughts are," D'Antoni said Wednesday, referring to Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. "I don't have any thoughts yet. The biggest thing was trying to get to the end of the year and we got that done. Now you go to the next step. Nothing has been talked about or said or looked at." Los Angeles Times

April 16, 2014 Updates

"The next step will be to sit down with Jim (Buss) and all them and Mitch (Kupchak) at the end of the year and talk things out, see where things are," D'Antoni said after shootaround Wednesday morning. D'Antoni is scheduled to have his exit interview with team management Friday. He has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers worth $4 million, plus the Lakers have a team option for the following season. ESPN.com

The Lakers and Gasol are both lukewarm about reuniting. The Lakers will not pay Gasol near the $19.3 million he made this season. Despite Gasol’s versatility, the Lakers also believe his best years are behind him. Gasol will not return if he fields offers from championship-caliber teams and/or D’Antoni is retained. Still, Bryant’s support and Gasol’s affection for this franchise could ensure he has not expended his nine lives with the Lakers. Los Angeles Daily News

April 15, 2014 Updates
April 14, 2014 Updates

The evaluation process will also include D’Antoni, who has another season at $4 million owed to him and a team option for another beyond that. While there is widespread sentiment in the organization that D’Antoni never really got a fair shake, it might not matter. ESPN.com

The team is unlikely to make a decision on D’Antoni immediately after the season, sources indicate. While there have been conflicting reports on which way the team might be leaning on that decision, the truth is there’s a lot of information from around the league they need to consider before doing so, and there’s not a huge rush. ESPN.com

D’Antoni still has his supporters in the Lakers organization, and quite frankly, he himself has to decide if he wants to return for another season with the limitations he has had since coming to L.A. last November. Namely, the inability he has had to truly install the offensive concepts that earned him guru status back in his glory days in Phoenix. Last season, Dwight Howard and the Lakers' aged roster were the main reasons for that. This season, there was a noticeable friction between the way D’Antoni wanted the team to play and the way Bryant and Gasol were most comfortable playing. And then of course came the rash of injuries that left the Lakers scrambling just to find enough bodies to scrimmage in practice on most days. ESPN.com

April 13, 2014 Updates
April 12, 2014 Updates

The ex-Knicks coach has turned into a polarizing figure during what has been the Lakers' worst season since arriving in Los Angeles in 1960. So it would be extremely difficult for the Lakers to bring him back. They also are looking to change their style to one that better fits Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, whom they plan on re-signing this summer when he becomes free. One league source said there is sentiment within the Lakers' executive offices for a "peaceful, mutual parting" with D'Antoni, who has one season left on his contract at $4 million. There's another season beyond that, but it is at the team's option. "They don't want to fire Mike," the source said. New York Daily News

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