Walton spent three seasons as the Lakers head coach, compiling a 98-148 record in that time, according to ESPN. Johnson and Pelinka gave him an oddly constructed roster of idiosyncratic National Basketball Association veterans on one-year deals playing alongside James and several talented youngsters including Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart.
The writing pretty much has been on the wall for a while, but Luke Walton no longer is head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".
The NBA's coaching carousel has begun spinning, as a number of teams that have found themselves out of the playoffs decided to make coaching changes.
Walton's departure came three days after the Lakers finished with a loss Tuesday to the Trail Blazers and the abrupt resignation of team president Magic Johnson. Despite having LeBron James this season, the Lakers still went 37-45, missing the playoffs.
"I said today on Undisputed that it felt like Jeanie Buss would dig in and keep Luke Walton, to spite Magic and LeBron". Luckily for Kerr, the state of the Warriors is the polar opposite of that of the Lakers. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.
The Kings have a ton of young talent and seem like an ideal fit for Walton, following his disappointing tenure in Los Angeles. "They did everything right, I'll say that". They're losing somebody who players believe in and players that want to play for.
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. Things have changed now, and the Kings' head coaching vacancy is easily the most desirable opening now, and the Kings and Walton had mutual interest, which allowed the process to move very quickly.