NBA rumors: Frank Vogel officially relieved of his duties as Lakers head coach

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Josh Robbins: In his press conference, Jeff Weltman did not offer specific reasons why Frank Vogel was fired today or many specifics about the qualities he'll look for from Vogel's successor.
The Magic announced Vogel’s dismissal at 8:47 a.m., a few minutes after Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman met with Vogel inside the team’s Amway Center offices. “We would like to thank Frank for his contributions to the Orlando Magic,” Weltman said in a statement. “We appreciate the sacrifices he made as head coach and certainly wish him and his family well going forward.”
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Dimissing Vogel is Bird’s prerogative, but, hey, come on, do it with some class, huh? Letting Vogel twist in the wind for days was embarrassing, and it didn’t go unnoticed. “So [expletive] up,” a head coach told The Vertical. “Complete garbage,” said a high-ranking NBA executive. “You want to go in a different direction, do it with some dignity.”
The Donovan-Vogel-Pitino connections are clear, plus the Thunder's lead assistant coaching position is still in flux headed into next season. Thunder lead assistant Monty Williams is not expected to be with the Thunder coaching staff going into 2016-17 following the death of his wife, Ingrid, in February. "I think Frank is an outstanding coach," Donovan said. "He's a great guy. I've got a good relationship with him. "I don't know all the dynamics there (in Indiana), but I've got all the respect for him and I've always had a really good relationship with him through the years because of our ties and both of us working for Coach Pitino.”
Candace Buckner: Frank Vogel statement: "I would like to express my sincerest thanks to the Simon family, Larry Bird and the entire Indiana Pacers organization for giving me the opportunity to serve as the head coach of this team for the past six seasons. This is one of the top-flight organizations in the National Basketball Association and I truly enjoyed every minute I spent as the leader of this group of men. During my time with the Pacers, we made a lot of positive memories and none of that would have been possible without the support of Larry, the front office and all of the players I had the opportunity to coach. We consistently battled through thick and thin, and that is something that I am very proud of. Lastly, I want to give a huge thanks to Pacers fans in Indiana and across the country. You all have treated my family and me with kindness and class throughout our time here and I can't thank you enough for that. My family and I consider Indianapolis home and this community will always hold a special place in our hearts."
He will get paid, which is something that never would have happened in Indiana. Vogel made $2.5 million last season, peanuts by today’s coaching standards. The five-year, $35 million deal Scott Brooks signed with Washington last month is a fair benchmark for Vogel, and make no mistake: This year or next, he will get something in that neighborhood.
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“It’s time for a new voice around here,” Bird said at a press conference today. “Sometimes my job really sucks, and this is one of the toughest things I’ve done.”
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Windhorst went on to say the Nets aren’t coming off asking for a big return for Durant in a trade. And that Brooklyn has no leverage with other teams, same as Durant has no leverage with the Nets. “I think what we have here is really a study of leverage. First off, the Nets do not have leverage in trade talks with other teams. They are not giving them the offers that they want. They see no reason to increase them. So, they’re not making any progress there,” said Windhorst. “Kevin Durant clearly does not have leverage with the Brooklyn Nets. He is asking for things: ‘Get me traded. Fire the coach. Fire the GM.’ He is being told no. So, when you have denied leverage, you have a stalemate.”
When it comes to Simmons, his unique skill set is incredibly enticing, but his best ability will be availability. Fortunately, according to ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, that won’t be a problem for Simmons in 2022-23: “You and Kyrie and Ben Simmons — who, by the way, news flash here. I ran into Ben Simmons. He and I had a nice conversation … I support the brother. I had a problem with him not playing. That’s the past. He’s ready to go. He swears he’s ready to go.”