Walton set to join Kings after Lakers exit

Walton set to join Kings after Lakers exit

This comes after news that the Lakers parted ways with head coach Luke Walton on Friday (April 12).

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.

Before hiring Joerger in 2016, the Kings interviewed Sam Mitchell, Vinny Del Negro, Mike Woodson, David Blatt, Mark Jackson, Jeff Hornacek, Nate McMillan, Patrick Ewing and Corliss Williamson. "Divac and Walton are meeting this weekend", ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

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

Walton, a native of Los Angeles, has spent the majority of his career, both as a player and as a coach, with the Los Angeles Lakers.

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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. It might also have not helped that Walton and current Lakers superstar LeBron James were drafted the same year, albeit Walton being drafted much later (R2; P2).

In announcing the end of his tenure, the Lakers said severing ties was a mutual decision between the franchise and Walton.

The former Lakers player's position had been the subject of speculation throughout the season which intensified after the team missed the playoffs for a sixth straight season.

This doesn't come as much of a surprise as the writing was on the wall when the Lakers' season took a turn for the worse, failing to make the playoffs in the first year of LeBron James' new contract.

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