The Lakers And Luke Walton Have Agreed To Mutually Part Ways

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is considered a "strong frontrunner" for the Lakers' open job. LeBron James (groin) and Brandom Ingram (blood clot) were also among the prominent Lakers to miss significant time this season.

Walton, a former Lakers forward, went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time National Basketball Association champions.

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

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

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

"Happy for Luke", Kerr told reporters in Oakland before a playoff game against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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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.

Walton and superstar LeBron James, it seemed, never saw eye to eye. Luckily for Kerr, the state of the Warriors is the polar opposite of that of the Lakers.

Following Walton's departure from the Lakers, Kerr shared his thoughts on his former understudy.

Walton posted an incredible 39-4 record as a fill-in for Kerr, and even took home NBA Coach of the Month honors during his time. He took over after the worst season in franchise history, a season with only 17 wins. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

Last time the Kings went looking for a new head coach, they conducted an exhaustive search that dragged on for nearly a month as they sifted through a dozen candidates before zeroing in on Dave Joerger.

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