NBA Rumors: Lakers Lose Assistant, Rasheed Wallace Still Candidate

One of the few coaches hired by Darwin Ham from the previous roster looks set to head to Dallas. According to multiple reports, assistant Quinton Crawford, who coached the Lakers’ Summer League team last year, will be joining Jason Kidd and the Mavericks.

Crawford was one of three coaches, along with Phil Handy and John Pastorek, whom Ham hid from Frank Vogel’s coaching staff. However, their number seems to have been reduced to two.

So far, no other assistants for Ham’s new staff have been confirmed. Rashid Wallace’s name was associated with the job, but Ham dismissed the idea that he was hired at the opening press conference. Brad Turner of Los Angeles Times also revealed that Sheed was still a running mate along with Hawks assistant Chris Gent.

Also, as far as Sheed is concerned, in an interview on the Rich Eisen show yesterday, Ham didn’t say that he would be on staff, but winked, winked, pushed, pushed that it would happen.

Meanwhile, Gent had a long career as an assistant coach in college, the G-League, and the NBA. He had a 10-year basketball career in which he played in the NBA, the now defunct Continental Basketball Association, Australia and several European countries.

When his sports career came to an end, Gent first became a coach in Sixers in 2003. He had stops in Orlando, Cleveland, Sacramento and is currently in Atlanta in the NBA with two stints in Ohio as an assistant and one season as head coach of the Pistons affiliated Bakersfield Jam in the G League.

As is often the case, it’s hard to get the details of what an assistant coach does, but Gent is credited with helping John Collins in Atlanta and his outside jumper.

Gent’s introduction to LeBron is interesting and would presumably make him a strong candidate for the job. For now, this remains a wait-and-see approach as Ham looks to fill out his staff while summer training continues.

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