Lakers to interview Heat assistant Howard this week

Brett Brown and Monty Williams

Cleveland general manager Koby Altman will talk with Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard as well as Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley.

As the Lakers will meet with three potential candidates to replace Walton, the 39-year-old was introduced as the Kings head coach. Now, Los Angeles is considering a few names that had been linked to the job since the middle of the season.

Lue has been out of coaching since he was sacked by the Cavaliers after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. He took over for the Cleveland Cavaliers after David Blatt was sacked in the middle of the 2015-2016 season, coaching the team to their first championship in franchise history.

After just a few games this season, Cleveland moved on from Ty Lue, then had a weird stand-off with Larry Drew over the terms of him taking over for the remainder of the season. Now, news surfaced noting that Walton has been made the head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

Just days after the Cleveland Cavaliers parted ways with head coach Larry Drew, the Cavs seem to have already begun narrowing down possible choices as his replacement. He was hired as a lead assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers last summer. In that final season in 2013, Howard effectively played a Kendrick Perkins role as an assistant coach in uniform.

That performance helped him get the job with the Lakers but he was unable to duplicate that success with a roster with far less talent during his first two years and then again this year, even with James on board.

Howard has been on Miami's bench since retiring from his 19-year National Basketball Association career in 2013. But Williams is also a contender, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

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