Published: Tue, April 16, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Sacramento Kings Hire Luke Walton As The Team’s New Head Coach

Sacramento Kings Hire Luke Walton As The Team’s New Head Coach

Walton spent three seasons as coach of the Lakers, a team that drafted him in 2003.

The Sacramento Kings hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to a four-year deal on April 13, 2019.

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

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

Those are the two the Lakers are set to interview first and the team has to make sure that whoever they hire have these three traits.

Per Turner, Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Williams is another man the Lakers are keen on. However, James missed 23 games because of injury in the 2018-19 season, and the Lakers finished 37-45, good for 10th in the Western Conference.

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue is rumored to be the front-runner for the open vacancy for the same role with the Lakers.

As for how Walton fits with the Kings - it could be a seamless fit. They're losing somebody who players believe in and want to play for.

"I'm disappointed for Luke", Kerr said via Anthony Slater.

The Luke Walton era in Los Angeles is over. "They say opportunity is everything in the league and they gave me that right from the jump". Luckily for Kerr, the state of the Warriors is the polar opposite of that of the Lakers.

The search for a new coach went fast this time because Divac was interested in hiring Walton three years ago, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10.

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

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