Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton has been contacted by the Kings for their vacancy, league sources told The Bee on Friday. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles.
A potential power struggle instead ended with both men out of their jobs after this wild week.
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Much of Wednesday I was on the phone with people who know the Lakers well, and they all agreed Johnson was an abysmal hire.
Can Walton get the Kings, who have a young core of De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III and Buddy Hield, to the postseason, where they haven't been in 13 seasons? But again, he was dependent on circumstances, just like all of us are. The Lakers clearly need a major overhaul, but the organization is now without a president following Johnson's exit - and even if the Lakers meet expectations next season, it's likely LeBron would get credit for the team's success over Walton. The current Lakers were the franchise's most successful team since their playoff drought began in 2013, but it wasn't enough to save Walton's job. "The guys fought every night". The Lakers announced on March 30 that he was done for the season.
Walton was tasked with one of the most hard jobs in the National Basketball Association this season.
Johnson worked with Pelinka and Ball's former agent Harrison Gaines to cancel the planned surgery and then accompanied Ball along with Pelinka to his subsequent doctors appointments to keep him on the team-guided recovery and rehab track. The club is likely to resume its pursuit of New Orleans Pelcians star Anthony Davis and there are premier free agents such at Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant to chase as well.