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Skeptics wondered what Kings general manager Vlade Divac was thinking when he fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after he led the team to its best season in more than a decade.

Walton had always been coveted by Kings president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac.

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers", said former head coach Luke Walton.

"The Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton have mutually agreed to part ways".

"In the National Basketball Association you are 100 percent dependent on your circumstances, the strength of your organization, the momentum, the unity, everything has to be in good order", Kerr said. Mid-season a year ago, the Cavs fired then-head coach Tyronn Lue.

A day after Walton became the latest casualty of the Lakers' disappointing regular season, ESPN and The Athletic both reported that the deposed coach will not be unemployed for long.

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Walton was sacked following a disastrous season for the Lakers.

Like Walton, Joerger also had a 98-148 coaching record in three full seasons. "They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met". But again, he was dependent on circumstances, just like all of us are. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles. Working with Ball's then-agent Harrison Gaines, the Lakers' brass managed to convince the second-year player to nix the procedure.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly.

Of concern, however, is Walton's ability to develop players.

He certainly has coached some of the game's biggest stars and egos.

Since Rick Adelman left Sacramento in 2006 after eight seasons, the Kings have had nine head coaches.