Juwan Howard new betting favorite to become next Lakers coach

Could Juwan Howard become the next Lakers coach? Vegas seems to think so.

Howard is the new favorite to replace Luke Walton in Los Angeles, according to odds released by BetOnline.ag. He has been an assistant with the Heat since 2013. Howard also played with Los Angeles star LeBron James in Miami from 2010-13.

The Lakers have yet to fire Walton, but he is widely expected to be dismissed at the end of the season.

Walton, however, said recently he believes he’ll return in 2019-20.

“I just view it as outside noise,” Walton told The Athletic. “Unless someone from within our group is telling me that, I just view it like all the other things we’ve gone through as a team this year. Those are things that I don’t have the time to worry about.”

Walton has 7/1 odds to start next season as Los Angeles’ coach, according to BetOnline.ag.

Jason Kidd, Rick Carlisle and Tyronn Lue have also been linked to the Lakers’ coaching job.

Here’s BetOnline.ag’s top-15 favorites to be the coach in Los Angeles to begin 2018-19:

Juwan Howard 4/1
Tyronn Lue 7/1
Luke Walton 7/1
Tom Thibodeau  15/2
Jason Kidd 9/1
Jerry Stackhouse 10/1
Derek Fisher 12/1
David Fizdale 12/1
Mark Jackson 12/1
Brian Shaw 12/1
Jeff Van Gundy 12/1
Sam Cassell 20/1
Adrian Griffin 20/1
Miles Simon 20/1
Becky Hammon 25/1
Doc Rivers 25/1