Walton reaches deal to coach Kings

Salt Lake City UT USA Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton watches the action against the Utah Jazz in the

On Thursday, as reported by ESPN's Adrain Wojnarowski, Divac fired head coach Dave Joerger, as well as assistant general manager Brandon Williams and Chris Clark, their director of media relations. He still had two years remaining on his five-year deal.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years", Pelinka said in a statement.

After LeBron James signed with the Lakers, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka signed Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley and JaVale McGee.

Before joining LA, the 39-year-old son of National Basketball Association legend Bill Walton worked under Steve Kerr as an assistant with the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers had cursory discussions with Walton's representatives on Wednesday in which they discussed whether there was a way forward, multiple sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

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The Kings have a ton of young talent and seem like an ideal fit for Walton, following his disappointing tenure in Los Angeles.

The Lakers wished their former coach well when announcing his departure. Potentially, but regardless, this organization has a clear direction and Divac got his first choice - hard to complain there. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles. At one point, Pelinka sat in on coaches' meetings, involving himself at a granular level in Walton's workload. Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown.

Through it all, the Lakers were 20-14 after beating the Warriors in Oakland on Christmas Day, the game in which James was initially injured.

The team did not make the playoffs in any of the three seasons. The current Lakers were the franchise's most successful team since their playoff drought began in 2013, but it wasn't enough to save Walton's job.

"I'm disappointed for Luke", Kerr said via Anthony Slater.

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