The Lakers will interview Charles Lee

The Los Angeles Lakers have lost the necessary permission to interview Charles Lee for the head coaching vacancy, The Athletic reporter Shams Charania reported. Lee, 37, currently holds the assistant position with the Milwaukee Bucks.

As soon as the dismissal of Frank Vogel was announced a month ago, the Los Angeles franchise got down to work executing a selection process that they announced was extensive, deep and meticulous. And so it has been so far: in recent weeks they have interviewed — or will soon — Mark Jackson, Terry Stotts, Kenny Atkinson, Adrian Griffin and fellow Milwaukee assistant Darvin Ham.

Lee trained at Bucknell University between 2002 and 2006 before beginning a brief overseas professional career that would see him play in Israel, Belgium and Germany. His journey as his assistant began in 2014 in Atlanta. Since then he has worked for eight seasons under Mike Budenholzer.

Lee was previously a finalist for the head coaching jobs at the New Orleans Pelicans and Washington Wizards last summer. Now, he will have a new opportunity to make the final leap as the main head coach.