Kings, Luke Walton Agree to Terms on Multi-Year Deal

Tuesday, 16 Apr, 2019

Head Coach Luke Walton of the Los Angeles Lakers, and Head Coach Steve Kerr of the Golden State Warriors shake hands before the game on April 4, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California.

Charania reports that Lonzo actually flew to OH in preparation of the surgery when he called Magic, who informed Ball the Lakers could void his contract if he went through with it without the team's knowledge or consent.

When Ball contacted the team about the planned procedure, general manager Rob Pelinka warned him that following through would void his contract, according to the report. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lue is a strong frontrunner to replace Walton as head coach of the Lakers.

The team was 26-56 in Walton's first season in 2016-17 before improving to 35-47 in 2017-18.

"They're losing one of the best human beings in the NBA", Kerr said Friday after news broke that the Lakers had fired Walton.

Walton did not remain unemployed long. Los Angeles went 37-45 this season and missed the playoffs. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.

Just days ago, Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations, Magic Johnson, resigned from what seemed to be a toxic environment among the Lakers.

He was in charge as LeBron and the Cavs took two more trips to the NBA Finals, though they were beaten by the Golden State Warriors both times.

Speculation is already centering on James' former coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tyronn Lue, who was sacked by the Cavs after an 0-6 start to the second post-LeBron era. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them". "Really nice, young team".

Rondo, who is on the sixth team of his career, praised Walton for his ability to relate to players.

Williams coached the New Orleans Pelicans for five seasons, reaching the playoffs in the first (2010-11) and last (2014-15), before joining OKC.