Luke Walton reaches agreement to coach Sacramento Kings

Elena Summers
April 15, 2019

The Lakers medical staff was under scrutiny as a litany of injuries to key players plagued the team this season.

The Athletic's Sam Amick tweeted that Kings general manager Vlade Divac and former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton agreed on a four-year deal Saturday for Walton to become the team's next head coach.

It did not take long for a clear frontrunner to be identified after Luke Walton's departure as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Former Cleveland head coach and Raytown star Tyronn Lue is apparently the front runner for the position Of course he's taken the Cavs to three straight National Basketball Association finals and a championship in 2016.

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

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

However, there's no guarantee the Los Angeles Lakers will be the team reaps the benefits of Ball's big summer.


"They are losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met", said Kerr, who had Walton on his coaching team before he left to join the Lakers in 2016.

Through it all, the Lakers were 20-14 after beating the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas Day, the game in which James was initially injured.

As for how Walton fits with the Kings - it could be a seamless fit.

The Lakers won 37 games this season and missed the playoffs for an unprecedented sixth consecutive year.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly.

Now, for the fifth time since Phil Jackson last sat on the Lakers' bench in 2010-11, the Lakers will be looking for a new head coach to attempt to revive the proud franchise and take it to the postseason for the first time since the 2012-13 season. They're losing somebody who players believe in and players that want to play for.

And according to Turner, out-of-work coach Lue - who worked with LeBron at the Cleveland Cavaliers - is a prime candidate.

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