Lakers, Walton mutually agree to part ways

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On Thursday, as reported by ESPN's Adrain Wojnarowski, Divac fired head coach Dave Joerger, as well as assistant general manager Brandon Williams and Chris Clark, their director of media relations. He also spent seven years with the Lakers until he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets in 1996 as part of the deal that allowed the Lakers to acquire the draft rights to Kobe Bryant.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years", said General Manager Rob Pelinka. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

The Lakers on Friday finally divorced their head coach, as had largely been expected following a messy, playoff-less season in Hollywood.

Ex-Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, the former Lakers guard, already has been frequently mentioned as a potential replacement for Walton due to his obvious ties to James.

The former player-turned-coach posted a 98-148 (.398) record during his three seasons in Los Angeles, but he dealt with myriad issues behind the scenes.

The roster in LA was constructed very poorly by Johnson and Pelinka. A multitude of fans and analysts have pointed to a potential Luke Walton-Sacramento Kings pairing as "perfect", and when you look at Walton's strengths, it certainly seems that way. Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown.

Walton joined the Lakers with fanfare in 2016 after his successful tenure alongside coach Steve Kerr with the powerhouse Warriors.

Team president Magic Johnson stunned the basketball world by announcing he was stepping down before the Lakers' season finale against Portland on Tuesday night at Staples Center. L.A. was just 17-31 the rest of the way as James missed 17 games and was in and out of the lineup until he was shut down for the season in late March.

The 21-year-old UCLA product told reporters Wednesday his ankle was "finally starting to show some good progress" and that he hoped to get back on the court in a couple of weeks to begin offseason training. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them". "They're losing somebody who players believe in, players want to play for, but, again, he was dependent on circumstances just like all of us are, and I feel for Luke".

"He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don't develop their entire life, or their entire career", Rondo said Wednesday.

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.

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