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

Annette Crawford
April 14, 2019

This time they moved swiftly to secure one of the hottest coaching commodities on the market. Divac did just that, finding his new coach two days after dismissing Joerger.

A formal announcement is expected as soon as this weekend, sources told ESPN, as Walton is meeting with Kings general manager Vlade Divac.

Walton had the Lakers at 20-14 on Christmas night after a blowout win at Golden State, and they appeared to be on the verge of coming together.

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

The Athletic said the Kings were "zeroing in" on Walton as the preferred successor to coach Dave Joerger, who was sacked on Thursday after three years at the helm. Mid-season a year ago, the Cavs fired then-head coach Tyronn Lue. "This is the Kings' style".

Divac was a fan of Walton's three years ago, when the Kings hired Joerger.

Walton was sacked following a disastrous season for the Lakers.

Lue joined the Cavs' coaching staff in 2014 as the team's associate head coach under head coach David Blatt. League sources told The Bee that Divac reached out to schedule a meeting with Walton less than an hour after that announcement was made. "He was dependent on circumstances just like all of us". "Everything has to be in good order, because if it's not, as we have witnessed with the Lakers, then there's going to be casualties and usually the coach is the first one". They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met. Originally, it was believed that the sprain would only keep him out for 4-6 weeks, but seeing as how the injury occurred in mid-January and he's still not cleared to play, that ended up being extremely wrong.

Walton spent nine of his 10 seasons as an National Basketball Association player with the Lakers.

Ball averaged 9.9 points, 5.4 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.5 steals across 47 appearances (45 starts) during the 2018-19 season.

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