Former Cavs head coach Ty Lue frontrunner to coach Lakers

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Walton, who had his well-publicized run-ins with Johnson, lasted three seasons in Lakers-land, extending the now-futile franchise's streak without postseason ball to six years. The Hall of Fame point guard was upset with the team's defense and sluggish start but later told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN that Walton would not be fired barring something unforeseen.

The NBA's coaching carousel has begun spinning, as a number of teams that have found themselves out of the playoffs decided to make coaching changes.

While Walton and the Lakers made great strides in their first two seasons together, LeBron James signing in free agency changed expectations.

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"I said today on Undisputed that it felt like Jeanie Buss would dig in and keep Luke Walton, to spite Magic and LeBron".

Walton had been with the Lakers as head coach since 2016.

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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.

Joerger's record with the Kings was unimpressive in the aggregate, going 98-148 in his three years with the team, but he led them to their best record this past season since 2005-06, going 39-43. They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for.

Walton's Lakers also were rattled by Johnson's midseason pursuit of disgruntled New Orleans forward Anthony Davis in a trade that would have resulted in a complete roster upheaval.

He has reached an agreement to become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings, according to people familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.

Walton, who mutually agreed to part ways with the Lakers on Friday, was contacted by the Kings in the first hour after the split.