Shortly After Magic Steps Down, Los Angeles Lakers Fire Luke Walton
It has been a rough week for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Not only are the Lakers looking for a new President of Basketball Operations in light of Magic Johnson stepping down, they are now in the market for a new head coach. On Friday, the team announced that they have fired Luke Walton after three years at the helm, over which time he accumulated a 98-148 record. He had two years remaining on his initial five-year deal.
In what has been a quick turnaround, Walton will now move onto become the head coach of the Sacramento Kings who fired Dave Joerger this past week.
Ty Lue is a strong frontrunner for the Lakers coaching job, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 12, 2019
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, Tyronn Lue is a front runner for the Lakers vacant head coaching job. Reports suggest the Lakers are also interested in speaking with Monty Williams, the assistant coach of the Philadelphia Sixers.
A big offseason begins in Hollywood.