Update: It's done.
We've heard for a while from multiple reporters that Kurt Rambis is the Knicks' top choice to be Derek Fisher's right-hand man (although Fisher is a lefty, so does that change the position?). Today, Marc Berman reports Rambis has a pretty #beefy offer in hand to take that job:
The Knicks have made Lakers coaching candidate Kurt Rambis a four-year offer of roughly $1.2 million per year to be rookie coach Derek Fisher’s top assistant, according to an NBA source.
Rambis, a triangle guru and Lakers assistant last season, remains in the mix for the Lakers’ head-coaching vacancy and still is mulling a cross-country move to New York.
1. $1.2 million per year is a lot of money for an assistant coach, but just like the case with Fisher, coach money has nothing to do with salary cap money. It only affects James Dolan. Fret not.
2. The Lakers have been dragging their feet on hiring a coach. Even if they decide on someone other than Rambis, he might wanna stick there as an assistant instead of switching coasts.
3. We are about a week from the start of Summer League (roster should come soon) and Derek Fisher has no assistant coaches, so I suppose he really will end up coaching in Vegas.
Lots of vibes flying between New York and Los Angeles today!