Los Angeles Lakers Part Ways With Walton

Sacramento Kings: 5 candidates to replace Dave Joerger as head coach

Walton spent three seasons as the helm of the Lakers and even though the team saw its best finish of that stretch last season, it's hard to consider the organization's campaign a success given the expectations after the arrival of LeBron James.

Fellow LA Times reporter Tania Ganguli reported that Pelinka is the man leading the search for the Lakers' next coach, with Magic Johnson recently having stepped down as president of basketball operations at Staples Center.

Luke Walton outlasted Magic Johnson - by three days.

The Athletic said the Kings were "zeroing in" on Walton as the preferred successor to coach Dave Joerger, who was sacked on Thursday after 3 years at the helm.

Ball averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 47 appearances (45 starts) during the 2018-19 season. As only the top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, the Lakers will miss the postseason.

"This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family", Walton said in a statement.

According to Amick, Kings general manager Vlade Divac and Walton met on Saturday and were in the "late stages" of finalizing a multi-year deal in the early afternoon.

If the Lakers have already signed their new head coach by the time you are reading this you can still apply the things we list and determine whether or not the new coach displays these traits. I feel for Luke.

"They are losing somebody who the players believe in and the players want to play for". A season in which new-Laker LeBron James was expected to carry the team to their first playoff appearance since 2013. "He was dependent on circumstances just like all of us". I don't think his say-so is like his say-so.

Walton, who mutually agreed to part ways with the Lakers on Friday, was contacted by the Kings in the first hour after the split.

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