Wizards should jump at chance to profit off Lakers blunder

After the Los Angeles Lakers latest move, which may have created some awkwardness, the Washington Wizards should go after JJ Redick and James Borrego.
Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, JJ Redick, James Borrego
Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Lakers, JJ Redick, James Borrego / Patrick Smith/GettyImages

The Washington Wizards should be doing everything they can to improve this summer. Perhaps they want to tank for another year, but everything outside of the roster should be on the up and up.

They should be improving the front office, the scout team, and most importantly, the coaching staff. Brian Keefe is now the full-time head coach, but giving him solid pieces to work with will be crucial.

Luckily for the Wizards, there are some great coaching minds just floating around in the space. And based on what’s happening with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Wizards should keep their hands on their phones.

UConn head coach Dan Hurley just recently turned down the Lakers head coaching job, but his candidacy came in the wake of JJ Redick and James Borrego being heavily favored as top options to take over the position.

Wizards should target JJ Redick and James Borrego for assistant coaching roles after Lakers potentially messed up their search

Those two are reportedly still in the mix, but one would imagine that there’s a little bit of awkwardness there now. Everyone knows Hurley was the Lakers’ top option, so how do Redick and Borrego feel?

Well, if they both are still looking to make a move in the coaching space, the Wizards would do well to bring either aboard the coaching staff.

Redick seems unlikely to jump ship to the coaching world from his media job unless it’s for a head coaching gig, but his NBA experience and three-point excellence would likely make him a great assistant in Washington.

Borrego would be the more likely candidate, though he may simply choose to return to his post as an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans if he doesn’t get a head coaching job.

That said, Borrego’s offensive mind would fit well on a Wizards team that has some guys, such as Bilal Coulibaly and Deni Avdija, who could use some help getting into the flow of a winning offense.

Maybe both guys are still fully on board with landing the Lakers job, but Los Angeles certainly caused some uncertainty with their Hurley blunder.

If Washington stays on top of things and gets in contact with either or both coaches, they should seriously consider trying to convince them to jump ship and join the Wizards staff under Brian Keefe.