Report: Bobcats hire Lakers assistant Clifford as coach

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford has been hired as the Charlotte Bobcats new head coach, multiple media outlets reported Monday.

Clifford replaces Mike Dunlap, who was fired in April after one season as Charlotte’s head coach. Clifford agreed to a two-year contract with a team option for a third year. Clifford will receive $6 million, if he is there all three years.

This is the first head coaching job for Clifford, who last season was on Mike D’Antoni’s Lakers staff after coaching for five seasons under Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic. He had also worked for Jeff Van Gundy with the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets.

Former Phoenix Suns assistant Elston Turner, former Los Angeles Clippers and Suns coach Alvin Gentry and former Lakers assistant and Duke player Quin Snyder were also candidates for the job.

The Bobcats went 21-61 under Dunlap, finishing with the second-worst record in the NBA, ahead of only the Orlando Magic.

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