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.
As expected, source tells @TheAthletic that Kings GM Vlade Divac will now reach out to Luke Walton to schedule an interview now that his Lakers days are done. As I reported yesterday, Walton is Divac's first choice for this job.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 12, 2019
Amick says the Kings also like Monty Williams, but that Williams may be a candidate for the Lakers job.
Monty Williams is held in high regard by the Kings as well and is a candidate, but source confirms that he'll now have a very real crack at the Lakers job as well. Monty coached Kings assistant GM Peja Stojakovic in New Orleans.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 12, 2019
We’ll continue to watch as the coaching search develops, but in the meantime we can enjoy this final bit of Lakers news:
Ty Lue is a strong frontrunner for the Lakers coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 12, 2019