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NBA - US Sports: Nurse plays down Lakers rumours

Nick Nurse has moved to play down reports he could leave Toronto Raptors to replace Frank Vogel as head coach of Los Angeles Lakers.

Phoenix Suns are 5/2 to win the NBA Championship outright and Miami Heat can be backed at 9/2.

Lakers miss playoffs

Vogel led the Lakers to Championship glory in 2020 but was dismissed at the end of the regular season this year after they missed out on the playoffs as they finished in 11th place in the Western Conference with a 33-49 overall record.

There has been plenty of speculation as to who the Lakers could turn to as they seek a replacement for Vogel and Nurse's name has been mentioned by various sources.

The Raptors coach won the championship in 2019 and was named Coach of the Year in 2020 after leading Toronto to the Conference semifinals despite losing star man Kawhi Leonard in the offseason after their title success.

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Focused on job at hand

The 54-year-old is widely considered to be the Lakers' top target, but Nurse has stressed he isn't looking to leave his current team. 

"I don't know where that stuff comes from and I'm focused on coaching this team," he said, via Fadeaway World.

The Lakers underachieved last season as injuries impacted their chances, and it remains to be seen if they can rebuild a competitive team over the offseason due to their aging roster.  

The likes of Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham and Utah Jazz coach Quin Snyder have also been mentioned as possible targets for the Lakers.

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