Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways

Jeanie Buss Lakers

The Sacremento Kings have agreed to terms with former Lakers coach Luke Walton to become the team's next head coach, The Athletic's Sam Amick reported on Saturday.

Two days into the offseason and the Lakers are down a team president and a head coach as the franchise continues to struggle to right itself almost seven years after the Dwight Howard-Steve Nash experiment went bust. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

The Lakers announced on Friday that the team and their head coach have parted ways after three seasons.

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.

The tumultuous 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers season may be over, but the circus surrounding the club continues. "They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for, but, again, he was dependent on circumstances just like all of us are, and I feel for Luke".

Walton's Lakers also were rattled by Johnson's midseason pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans forward Anthony Davis in a trade that would have resulted in a complete roster upheaval. Walton was a hot commodity when he left Golden State to coach the Lakers.

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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.

Sports talk personality Skip Bayless said earlier he hoped Lakers owner Jeanie Buss would keep Walton to spite its star player and Magic Johnson.

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.

The Lakers battled health problems for much of the season, with only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing in all 82 games.

"It affected us a lot", guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. "They say opportunity is everything in the league and they gave me that right from the jump". "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

"He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don't develop their entire life, or their entire career", Rondo said Wednesday. That's not fun for me.

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