Lakers to fire Frank Vogel after disappointing season ends before playoffs

The Lakers are expected to fire Vogel as soon as Monday, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The report came after their 146-141 overtime win over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday to close out the regular season.

The Lakers failed to make the play-in tournament and missed the playoffs entirely two seasons after winning the 2020 NBA championship in Vogel’s first season that culminated in the Orlando bubble.

The team acquired Russell Westbrook in a five-team trade in the offseason, shipping out Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma.

The Lakers did not have much cap space to bring in impact players around a core of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Westbrook.

The team stood pat at the trade deadline, keeping Talen Horton-Tucker, who was frequently in trade discussions, and Kendrick Nunn, who sat out the entire season because of a bone bruise in his knee.

Nunn is reportedly expected to exercise his $5.2 million player option for next season.

In January, the Athletic’s Bill Oram and Sam Amick reported Vogel was “coaching for his job” and would be “evaluated on a game-to-game basis.”