Lakers Focus Coaching Search On Tyronn Lue, Monty Williams

Aubrey Yates
April 14, 2019

Kings general manager Vlade Divac was reported to have met Walton on Saturday and was in the "late stages" of finalising a multi-year deal. This signified a major consolidation of power for Divac, emboldened by the Kings' long-term organizational commitment to him.

He finished his third season as coach with a frustrating and disappointing 37-45 record in a season that began with massive expectations after LeBron James' arrival.

This is the second time Joerger has been dismissed by a front office that had unknown issues with him (the first being the Memphis Grizzlies, whom he coached from 2013-16), so while it's puzzling the Kings chose not to embrace what seems to be a clear upward trajectory, we don't really know what's been happening behind closed doors.

Walton is rumored to be a candidate for the Sacramento Kings head coaching job immediately following the end of his tenure with the Lakers.

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While Johnson and Pelinka felt the roster they had constructed was capable of making noise in the playoffs, others around the league felt Walton had been handed a ticking time bomb.

"If I didn't know any better, I'd have thought that they were setting Luke up to fail [with that roster]", one National Basketball Association assistant coach said.

Williams' last head coaching position was when he led the New Orleans Pelicans from 2010-15. "Divac and Walton are meeting this weekend", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Walton, 39, parted company with the Lakers on Friday in what was described by the team as a mutual separation. "They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for, but, again, he was dependent on circumstances just like all of us are, and I feel for Luke". Walton later helped the Lakers win back-to-back championships as a key reserve in 2009-10.

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