Kings, Luke Walton Agree To Deal

Rex Christensen
April 14, 2019

The Lakers were fourth in the Western Conference and seemed poised to make a run at their first playoff appearance since 2013, but injuries and infighting derailed their season.

One of the final bits of drama during Magic Johnson's tenure as president of the Los Angeles Lakers involved the team nixing unauthorized surgery on Lonzo Ball's ankle arranged by Ball's former business partner Alan Foster, The Athletic reports.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years", Pelinka said in a statement.

A move to Sacramento then, with its young, raw roster, may be a better fit for Walton heading forward.

"Sacramento GM Vlade Divac is offering Luke Walton his franchise's coaching job and there's confidence on both sides that a deal can be reached quickly, league sources tell ESPN".

Before joining LA, the 39-year-old son of National Basketball Association legend Bill Walton worked under Steve Kerr as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

"I'm disappointed for Luke", Kerr said via Anthony Slater.

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"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers".

He spent two seasons in Oakland, including a 43-game stint as an interim head coach while Kerr dealt with back issues. Walton's 246 games in charge were the most by any coach in the tumultuous near-decade since the franchise's last championship in 2010. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors are favorites to win it all again.

Rondo, who is on the sixth team of his career, praised Walton for his ability to relate to players.

Following Walton's departure from the Lakers, Kerr shared his thoughts on his former understudy.

With the Sacramento Kings now holding a vacant coaching spot, we'll take a look at five leading candidates to replace Dave Joerger.

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