Friday, 26 April, 2019


Los Angeles Lakers Part Ways With Walton

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Noah Ferguson | 14 April, 2019, 12:41

And Los Angeles finally parted way with ex-forward Walton after three seasons, with general manager Rob Pelinka thanking the 38-year-old for his "dedicated service" during his tenure as head coach.

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

The Lakers and Walton mutually agreed to part ways on Friday.

Ball reportedly traveled to OH in February to undergo a procedure on his injured left ankle at the urging of Foster, Ball's former Big Baller Brand partner whom Ball fired when $1.5 million allegedly went missing from his personal and business accounts.

Still, Walton was a top-choice for the Kings' head coaching gig when it opened last in 2016, but he was dead-set on joining the Lakers, and spurned the Kings - and all other organizations- to do so.

Inside sources are putting Lue in the front-running position due to his relationship with LeBron James, whom he was coaching when the Cavaliers won their first-ever National Basketball Association championship during the 2016 season. "They did everything right, I'll say that".

The NBA Playoffs begin on Saturday and the Golden State Warriors are favorites to win it all again.

The Lakers improved their record in each of Walton's three seasons, but never finished higher than third place in the Pacific Division. They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met. Collectively, Lakers players missed more than 210 games due to injuries and the team used more than 25 different starting lineups this season.

A press conference in Sacramento officially announcing Walton's hire likely will come early next week. A multitude of fans and analysts have pointed to a potential Luke Walton-Sacramento Kings pairing as "perfect", and when you look at Walton's strengths, it certainly seems that way. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.

Rondo, who is on the sixth team of his career, praised Walton for his ability to relate to players.

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