Kings officially hire Luke Walton, just days after his Lakers tenure ended

Kings officially hire Luke Walton, just days after his Lakers tenure ended

Kings officially hire Luke Walton, just days after his Lakers tenure ended

The last time Kings general manager Vlade Divac conducted a coaching search, it spanned weeks, with more than 10 candidates drawing interviews. "This year was a good season but I think we could do more, especially after All-Star break". The terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Walton even filled in for Steve Kerr during the 2015-16 season, guiding the Warriors to a 39-4 start before Kerr returned after dealing with health issues.

According to the report, the Cavaliers are expected to hold meetings with assistant coaches on teams taking part in the playoffs at a later date. Tyronn Lue who was James' former coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers before the superstar joined the Lakers, is also in the running. "Because if it's not, as we've witnessed with the Lakers, then there's going to be casualties, and usually the coach is the first one". "But moving forward, I just felt like we had to go a different direction".

Rumors that Walton would take the job swirled just as former head coach Dave Joerger was sacked on Thursday - after the team's best season in 13 years.

The Lakers finished fourth in the National Basketball Association in pace, just ahead of the Kings.

With the inclusion of Howard, it is interesting to note that the two coaches that the Lakers reportedly have expressed interest in include two coaches that have experience working with Lakers star LeBron James.

Lue has been out of coaching since he was sacked by the Cavaliers after an 0-6 start to the 2018-19 season. He is the 10th coach since Rick Adelman left the post after eight years at the helm following the 2005-06 season.

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