Lakers looking at Lue, Williams for head job

Luke Walton

These reports came just a day after the Los Angeles Lakers announced that Walton would not be returning as head coach for the 2019-20 season.

According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Kings reached a deal with the former Lakers head coach to take over the team through the 2022-2023 season.

Vlade Divac and Luke Walton were Laker teammates in 2004-05. "They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met", Kerr said Friday in Oakland.

Walton and Divac are reportedly now in the late stages of finalizing a multi-year agreement for the head coaching position. Walton finished his third season as head coach with a frustrating and disappointing 37-45 record in a season that began with massive expectations after LeBron James' arrival.

The Kings showed much growth and improvement in the 2018-19 season, finishing the season with a record of 39-43, a 12-game improvement from the year before.

"They are losing somebody who the players believe in and the players want to play for".

Walton leaves the Lakers with two years remaining on his five-year deal. But at that time, Walton didn't even interview with the Kings.

The team was 26-56 in Walton's first season in 2016-17 before improving to 35-47 in 2017-18.

Los Angeles was in fourth place in the Western Conference at 20-14 after beating Golden State last Christmas, but James and Rondo were injured during the game.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly.

Not many Lakers observers questioned Walton's man-management abilities, but his tactical acumen was widely criticized.

The Lakers have contacted Tyronn Lue regarding their vacant head coaching job and have been granted permission to do the same with 76ers assistant Monty Williams, ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday.

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