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Report: Lakers could replace Luke Walton with David Fizdale as head coach

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The outspoken LaVar Ball made headlines once again this week as he claimed that the Los Angeles Lakers locker room is no longer playing for head coach Luke Walton and have lost faith in him.

The fact that LaVar's son Lonzo is the starting point guard for the franchise and their future star means this comment carried some weight and may have some truth to it.

Many NBA coaches have hit out at the Big Baller Brand CEO for his public criticism of Walton, including Gregg Popovich and Rick Carlisle.

But the Lakers did little to support their young coach publicly and Lonzo also didn't come to his defense.

"I'll play for anybody," he said when asked about his father's comments.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reported that a source within the organisation told her Walton's job status is "not even a conversation".

But according to her colleague Brian Windhorst, that may not be entirely true.

Speaking on the Rich Eisen Show, Windhorst said that league executives and agents believe that the Lakers could be looking into the possibility of making a head coaching change at the end of the season.

“Whatever you want to say about LaVar Ball, he has smoked out the fact that the Lakers do not support Luke Walton," Windhorst said.

"And that is now crystal clear. And there are now guys out there wondering openly to me — executives, coaching agents — who the Lakers are going to hire as their next coach. Because that has been revealed here: That they do not have unconditional support for Luke.”

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L.A. is 14-27 in the Western Conference and have shown signs of progress this year, but their form in recent weeks has been particularly worrying.

They went on a nine-game losing streak from the end of December to the beginning of January and have all but lost any faint chance of securing a potential playoff spot.

But since that losing run, the team has rallied and have won their last three games as they've stepped up for their coach.

The front office, however, may have already identified a man they want to take over at the helm next season.

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“I got executives in my ear, I got agents in my ear, saying, ‘Oh yeah, they’re probably going to hire David Fizdale,’” Windhorst said.

Fizdale was surprisingly fired by the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the campaign and his potential appointment could have something to do with the front office's hopes of luring a certain superstar to Tinseltown in the summer.

There's no secret that the Lakers will make a huge effort to land LeBron James and the four-time MVP has a close relationship with coach Fiz as he was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat during their championship-winning seasons.

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There's a big offseason ahead for the franchise and it could very well lead to a change of personnel both on and off the floor.

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