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Luke Walton and the Lakers have “parted ways”

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Walton is reportedly a top candidate for the Kings coaching vacancy.

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Sacramento Kings Sergio Estrada-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways, according to reports. Walton coaches three years for the Lakers, but was seen as being on the hot seat most of the year after the Lakers added LeBron James. Normally we don’t cover Lakers coaching moves, but Walton was already rumored as a candidate for the Sacramento Kings head coaching position even before he officially became available.

Sam Amick reports that Walton is Vlade’s top candidate and that the Kings will reach out to Walton soon.

Amick says the Kings also like Monty Williams, but that Williams may be a candidate for the Lakers job.

We’ll continue to watch as the coaching search develops, but in the meantime we can enjoy this final bit of Lakers news: