NBA Offseason Guide 2022: Darvin Ham is in, but the Lakers have more questions to answer

The Lakers have $129.5 million committed to Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and LeBron James next season. Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

After a disastrous season that saw the Los Angeles Lakers miss the playoffs for the second time in the LeBron James era, the Lakers' front office wasted little time in making changes.

Head coach Frank Vogel, who led the Lakers to a championship just 18 months ago, is out, and former Milwaukee Bucks assistant Darvin Ham becomes the team's fifth different head coach in 10 seasons. The last Lakers coach to make it to his fourth season was Phil Jackson in his second tenure, which ended following the 2010-11 campaign.

The hiring of Ham will certainly give the Lakers a fresh perspective, but in reality, he will be walking into the same situation that Vogel left behind. The Lakers are a team coming off their worst season since 2016-17, with $130 million committed to the trio of James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook, and entering this summer, they have little flexibility to change the roster via free agency, the draft and trades.