Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka announced Walton's departure Friday, three days after the abrupt resignation of president of basketball operations Magic Johnson. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".
There were already rumblings that Walton would be fired in as early as the first few weeks of the season, but Lakers gave the 37 year-old coach a full season to prove himself. "This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family". Walton leaves the team with two years remaining on his five-year deal.