Luke Walton leaves two days after Magic Johnson

Luke Walton leaves two days after Magic Johnson

The Lakers announced on Friday that they had mutually parted ways with head coach Luke Walton. Walton's Lakers never finished below 5th in the National Basketball Association in pace, have been top-five in transition frequency in the last two seasons and have finished top-15 in defensive rating each of the last two seasons, as well. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka called his leaving a "mutual decision".

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

It might be that Walton did not want to clean out his coaching staff, or parts of his terms with the Lakers were underwhelming, especially this season.

The team was 26-56 in Walton's first season in 2016-17 before improving to 35-47 in 2017-18. I said Walton wouldn't be unemployed long after leaving the Lakers, and it took less than 48 hours for him to get a new job.

The search for Walton's replacement is already underway, with ESPN reporting former Cavaliers coach and LeBron confidant Ty Lue is a "strong frontfunner." The conversations didn't go very far, however, as it was obvious to both sides that the Lakers had planned to fire Walton before Johnson abruptly stepped down on Tuesday night.

Having been fourth in the Western Conference as of Christmas Day, injury to LeBron and subsequent off-court problems saw the Lakers end the year in 10th with a 37-45 record.

Luke Walton is the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. In hiring Walton, Kings principal owner Vivek Ranadive is continuing to try to tap into Golden State's dynastic blueprint.

"They did everything right, I'll say that".

"That was quick", Kerr said. Williams was also the head coach for the first few years of Lakers trade target Anthony Davis' career.

Related Articles