Luke Walton hasn’t been out of a job for long. The ex head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers was removed from his post on Friday. This was on mutual agreement with the team to part ways, But now only a few days later, he has been officially announced as the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings. The deal will take him through the 2022-23 season. This keeps him in line with the new pact the Kings agreed to with the General Manager Vlade Divac. The Kings definitely have their new brain trust in place for the next four seasons. And Divac is very excited to have his man in place.
“I have known Luke for many years now and I am very excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings,” said Divac.
“I look forward to his leadership on the court as we work together to build a winning culture for years to come,” he added.
The hiring isn’t all that surprising. Walton was Kings’ first choice from the moment they had fired Dave Joerger. If anything, the belief around was that the Kings fired Joerger, coming off of the best season the Kings have had in in the past decade, specifically for the chance to rope in Walton. In turn Walton, seems to have pushed for his exit from the Lakers with the belief that the Kings were immediately going to hire him. Deals like this take more than just a day to develop. Something seems to be brewing longer than that for this to get done, so both sides must be having an an idea of the mutual interest here, beforehand.