The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly hiring Rasheed Wallace to be a member of their new coaching staff.
According to The Athletic, the former NBA champion who won a ring in 2004 with the Detroit Pistons will join the team as an assistant. He spent this past year coaching under Penny Hardaway at the University of Memphis. His departure from the Memphis coaching staff to join the Lakers was something Hardaway expected and hinted at Monday morning (June 6), according to CBS Sports.
"I think Rasheed might be going to LA with Darvin Ham. That was the deal from the beginning," Hardaway said via the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "If Darvin had gotten a job last year, Rasheed had already promised him that he was going to go with him. So, I'm thinking this year, with him getting the Lakers job, [Wallace] might still be going along with that process."
The new hire comes after the Lakers parted ways with head coach Frank Vogel and hired Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham. Ham will become a first time head coach in the NBA after spending several years under Mike Budenholzer in both Atlanta and Milwaukee.