Simon, 41, most recently served as the head coach for the 2017 USA Junior National Select Team at the Nike Hoops Summit. He also spent three seasons (2005-08) as an assistant coach at Arizona under Lute Olson and has worked as a coach within USA Basketball each of the last three years.
“I’m so thankful and blessed to be able to have this opportunity to work for such a great franchise like the Lakers,” Simon said on Twitter.
Simon joins a coaching staff that included Jud Buechler, Will Scott, Brian Keefe, Theo Robertson and Jesse Mermuys during the 2016-17 season. The team has not formally announced any changes to its staff for next season, so it’s unclear if Simon is joining as an extra hand on the bench or replacing a departure.
A former standout at Arizona, Simon won the Most Outstanding Player Award at the 1997 NCAA tournament. He went on to become a second-round pick and play for the Orlando Magic for one season before spending time overseas.
Simon has never coached at the NBA level.
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