Quin Snyder has decided to leave Mike Brown’s staff with the Lakers to join Ettore Messina with CSKA Moscow as an assistant coach next season, a league source said Monday. Snyder and Messina spent last season together with the Lakers, after Brown was hired to replace the retired Phil Jackson in May 2011.
Messina opted to return to Moscow, where he coached from 2005 to ’09. Snyder was mentioned as a candidate for NBA head coaching vacancies in Charlotte and Orlando.
Their departures leave two openings on Brown’s staff.
Chuck Person, the lone holdover from Jackson’s staff, will coach the Lakers’ summer-league team, which begins play Friday in Las Vegas. Person and follow assistants John Kuester and Darvin Ham are expected to return to the Lakers next season.