Los Angeles Notes: G League Coach, Miller, Harden

The South Bay Lakers have promoted Dane Johnson to their head coaching position, according to a press release from the NBA G League team.

Johnson spent the last six seasons on the South Bay coaching staff, including one season as associate head coach (2022/23), four seasons as an assistant coach and one year as a coaching assistant.

“Dane has developed many coaching attributes over the last seven years with this organization,” South Bay Lakers team president Joey Buss said. “We are excited to see his growth in becoming our next head coach. He has a key understanding of our culture and goal of winning a championship while developing high-level talent for the NBA.” 

The position opened up when Miles Simon departed the Lakers organization to become an assistant coach with the Suns.

We have more from the Los Angeles teams:

  • Jordan Miller‘s two-way contract with the Clippers is for two years, Spotrac contributor Keith Smith tweets. Miller signed a two-way deal earlier this month. Miller, a Miami (Fla.) product, was the 48th overall pick of June’s draft.
  • The Clippers are content to sit and watch how the James HardenSixers situation plays out, according to Law Murray of The Athletic. The same tradable contracts they have in a potential Harden deal aren’t going anywhere, though with training camp starting in seven weeks the Clippers will eventually reach a point where they no longer can be patient due to their “championship or bust” approach.
  • The Lakers will open their in-season tournament schedule with the Suns on Nov. 10, Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic notes. For more info on the tournament, click here.
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