Kings Officially Announce Walton as New Coach

Ross Houston
April 17, 2019

Walton and the Lakers "mutually agreed to part ways" Friday, ending an eventful week in Los Angeles as Magic Johnson unexpectedly stepped down from his position as Lakers president earlier in the week.

In his previous head coaching job, which was the first full-time stint of his coaching career, Walton went 98-148 in three seasons with the Lakers.

The Cavaliers have some candidates for their coaching vacancy and are getting set to conduct some interviews, Adrian Wojnarowski of reports.

Something that's also a possibility is that Lakers GM Rob Pelinka could fly out to meet with Williams to get a potential deal done due to his current situation of being in a playoff series.

Should Willams take up the offer of coaching the Lakers, he would bring an excellent resumé with him.

The Lakers received permission from the Philadelphia 76ers to interview Williams, an assistant on Brett Brown's staff. Williams is the former head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

The 47-year-old Williams has extensive coaching and front office experience.

Walton will take over a Kings team that has missed the playoffs for 13 straight years, though they were in contention for much of 2018-19 before finishing ninth in the Western Conference.

There is no doubt that if the Lakers can strike a deal to get Williams on board, then they will nearly certainly have an elite coach to guide them moving forward.

Cleveland general manager Koby Altman will talk with Miami Heat assistant coach Juwan Howard as well as Dallas Mavericks assistant Jamahl Mosley. Of these coaches, Byron Scott was the only one to make it through a full three seasons.

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