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How can Luke Walton make the Kings better? Here are three ways

Luke Walton Luke Walton had been in charge of the Lakers since April 2016
Cary Erickson | 14 April, 2019, 12:42

Walton was sacked following a disastrous season for the Lakers.

Luke Walton will become coach of the Sacramento Kings, securing another National Basketball Association head coaching job just a day after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons.

With LeBron already in place for three more seasons, and desperately needing to get back to the playoffs, it's not surprising that the Lakers would look towards known commodities in their coaching search. They're sitting at home on the first day of the 2019 NBA Playoffs, and no longer have a president or head coach after Magic Johnson abruptly stepped down in weird fashion and the team subsequently fired Luke Walton.

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

A move to Sacramento then, with its young, raw roster, may be a better fit for Walton heading forward. "They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met", Kerr said Friday in Oakland.

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Williams is in his first season with the Sixers after he previously spent five years as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans before he was sacked.

The Lakers wished their former coach well when announcing his departure.

Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka reportedly had to intervene when Lonzo Ball scheduled unauthorized ankle surgery. The former Golden State assistant never led the Lakers to the playoffs, not even after the arrival of LeBron James last summer.

Walton joined the Lakers with fanfare in 2016 after his successful tenure alongside coach Steve Kerr with the powerhouse Warriors. He took over after the worst season in franchise history, a season with only 17 wins. Collectively, Lakers players missed more than 210 games due to injuries and the team used more than 25 different starting lineups this season. They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for.

Williams has also been linked with the vacant position at the Sacramento Kings, who have opened talks with Walton regarding a meeting to potentially make him their new head coach.