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Lakers to interview Bucks assistant Ham for coaching job

The Lakers have requested permission to interview Bucks lead assistant Darvin Ham for their open head coaching position, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times confirms Charania’s report, with a person close to the situation saying the team has been granted permission to interview Ham.

Ham started his NBA career as a player, appearing in 417 games from 1996-2005 and winning a championship as a bit player for the Pistons in 2004. As Bill Oram and Eric Nehm of The Athletic note, Ham first made the transition to coaching in the G League as an assistant, and later as a general manager and head coach.

The 48-year-old has ties to the Lakers organization, as his first role as an NBA assistant coach came with L.A. from 2011-2013. Ham has spent the last nine seasons working under head coach Mike Budenholzer in Atlanta and now Milwaukee, winning a title with the Bucks last season.

Ham was considered a top candidate to become the Wizards’ new head coach last July, but Washington ultimately decided to hire Wes Unseld Jr. instead. The Kings also intend to interview Ham for their head coaching job, which is unfilled after Sacramento parted ways with interim head coach Alvin Gentry earlier this month.

There have been rumors that the Lakers are interested in Jazz head coach Quin Snyder, but he’s still under contract with Utah. Ham is the first coach to be officially linked to the vacancy in Los Angeles.

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