Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Luke Walton On The Verge Of Landing New Coaching Job

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Cassandra Castillo | 14 April, 2019, 12:43

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly honed in on Tyronn Lue and Monty Williams to replace Luke Walton as head coach next season.

Walton finished his third season as head coach of the Lakers with a disappointing 37-45 record following James' arrival, which brought high expectations for the team.

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

"The Kings will offer Luke the roster he thought he had with the Lakers." said The Athletic's Bill Oram on Friday.

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

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Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac fired Dave Joerger on Thursday after the coach helped develop the young Kings into playoff contenders before ultimately falling short in the franchise's 13th straight losing season.

The Lakers wished their former coach well when announcing his departure.

As for how Walton fits with the Kings - it could be a seamless fit. At one point, Pelinka sat in on coaches' meetings, involving himself at a granular level in Walton's workload.

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors are favorites to win it all again. As only the top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, the Lakers will miss the postseason.

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

He has reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

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