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Los Angeles Lakers might hire this Sixers coach to replace Luke Walton

Los Angeles Lakers might hire this Sixers coach to replace Luke Walton”

The deal runs through the 2022-23 season, which coincides with the extension Divac signed Thursday.

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

He finished his third season as coach with a frustrating and disappointing 37-45 record in a season that began with massive expectations after LeBron James' arrival. Divac did just that, finding his new coach two days after dismissing Joerger.

Amick reported that other candidates for Sacremento's coaching job have been told that they are "zeroing in" on Walton for the position.

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.

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr meanwhile said the Lakers were losing one of the "best human beings in the NBA" with Walton's departure.

Per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Tyronn Lue's name is at the head of the list to fill the Lakers' coaching vacancy.

Divac was a fan of Walton's three years ago, when the Kings hired Joerger.

It might be that Walton did not want to clean out his coaching staff, or parts of his terms with the Lakers were underwhelming, especially this season. Lue became the first coach in National Basketball Association history to win his first 10 playoff games. League sources told The Bee that Divac reached out to schedule a meeting with Walton less than an hour after that announcement was made. Originally, it was believed that the sprain would only keep him out for 4-6 weeks, but seeing as how the injury occurred in mid-January and he's still not cleared to play, that ended up being extremely wrong. Walton later helped the Lakers win back-to-back championships as a key reserve in 2009-10.



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