The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to hire former Toronto Raptors assistant Phil Handy as an assistant coach, a source told ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Handy will be a front of the bench assistant under new Lakers head coach Frank Vogel.
Handy has been an assistant coach with the Raptors (2018-19) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-18) after working in player development for the Lakers (2011-13). The former Hawaii star guard has coached as an assistant in the NBA Finals the past five seasons, winning two titles.
Handy has worked with the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Kawhi Leonard and Kyrie Irving on their individual games over the past eight seasons.
This is Haney’s first assistant coaching job in the NBA at the front of the bench. The LA Clippers also had interest in Handy before he took the Lakers job.