Kings reach deal to hire Walton as coach

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The Lakers medical staff was under scrutiny as a litany of injuries to key players plagued the team this season.

Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton won't be out of work for very long, as the former Arizona star has already been offered a new job.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Lue is a strong frontrunner to replace Walton as head coach of the Lakers.

Rob Pelinka will run the search for their next head coach. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".

Prior to joining the Lakers, Walton spent two seasons as an assistant coach on Steve Kerr's staff with Golden State, winning an National Basketball Association title in 2015.

The job is reportedly Walton's if he wants it. It was a decision that had been rumored for a while and Johnson even alluded to it in the press conference when he resigned.

While Johnson preached patience in the preseason knowing that it would take time for the new roster to mesh, Johnson admonished Walton in a meeting just six games into the season. Walton was an assistant at Golden State for two seasons before taking the helm in Los Angeles.

The Lakers battled health problems for much of the season, with only Kentavious Caldwell-Pope playing in all 82 games.

Walton, 39, parted company with the Lakers on Friday in what was described by the team as a mutual separation.

Well, I think it's safe to say I called this one correctly. "Great opportunity though, really nice young team".

Many considered him the unofficial Coach of the Year for his guidance of the then-champion Warriors at the start of the 2015-16 season in place of an ailing Steve Kerr.