Steve Clifford, a veteran assistant coach most recently with the Los Angeles Lakers, has been hired by the Charlotte Bobcats, a source close to Clifford confirmed Monday.

The team provided no confirmation as of early Monday evening.

Clifford has worked most of the last 10 seasons for NBA coaches Jeff and Stan Van Gundy, with a defensive specialty. He worked for Jeff Van Gundy with the Houston Rockets and then Stan Van Gundy with the Orlando Magic. When Stan Van Gundy left the Magic, Clifford was hired by then-Lakers coach Mike Brown to be his top assistant.

When Brown was fired and replaced by Mike D’Antoni, Clifford became D’Antoni’s lead assistant.

Clifford will replace Mike Dunlap, who was fired by the Bobcats following a single 21-61 season. Clifford becomes the third Bobcats coach in as many seasons. Dunlap was hired last June after the Bobcats decided not to re-sign coach Paul Silas, who now serves as a team consultant.