From Luke to Lue? Lakers, Luke Walton part company

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The whirlwind week of change continued for the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday as the organization parted ways with head coach Luke Walton.

Williams is in his first season with the Sixers after he previously spent five years as the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans before he was sacked.

Kings general manager Vlade Divac was reported to have met Walton on Saturday and was in the "late stages" of finalizing a multi-year deal.

Walton, a former Lakers forward, went 98-148 after getting his first permanent head coaching job with the 16-time National Basketball Association champions.

Although some wondered if Magic Johnson's abrupt departure from the Lakers might save Walton and his staff, it's clear it did nothing more than maybe buy them an extra day or two.

The NBA's coaching carousel has begun spinning, as a number of teams that have found themselves out of the playoffs decided to make coaching changes. Under Walton, the Lakers improved each season, finishing with a record of 37-45 in its injury-riddled 2018-19 campaign.

The search for a new coach went fast this time because Divac was interested in hiring Walton three years ago, according to Sean Cunningham of ABC10. Pelinka called Walton leaving a mutual decision.

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"I'm disappointed for Luke".

Los Angeles was in fourth place in the Western Conference at 20-14 after beating Golden State last Christmas, but James and Rondo were injured during the game.

"I think Luke did a hell of a job with what he had, the cards he was dealt", point guard Rajon Rondo said.

He certainly has coached some of the game's biggest stars and egos.

Multiple reports suggest that Walton, 39, is on the verge of becoming the next head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

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