Luke Walton Named Head Coach of Sacramento Kings After Lakers Fire Him

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Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams is becoming a hot name for head coaching openings. Sacramento fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday following a 39-43 finish that was the best record for the franchise in 13 years, while Walton was dismissed in Los Angeles a day later when he failed to get the Lakers into the postseason in the first year with LeBron James.

Prior to Walton and the Lakers agreeing to part ways last week, there had been rumors for weeks that the team's former head coach was going to be fired.

The Cavaliers are expected to meet with assistants on teams involved in the playoffs later, sources said. On Saturday, before the Sixers kicked off the NBA Playoffs with a matchup against the Brooklyn Nets, Brand revealed that the Lakers hadn't yet asked to interview Williams but that he is "sure" that they will.

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski, that search will start with longtime National Basketball Association big man Juwan Howard, who now works as an assistant for the Miami Heat.

In 2016, after the unfortunate passing of his wife, Williams left Oklahoma for San Antonio where he took up a role in the front office.

Today, the Kings confirmed that Luke Walton will be their head coach moving forward. Many are saying Walton was let go because of a bad season the team had, despite having LeBron James on their roster.

The terms of the deal have not been made public as per the team's rules. L.A. also plans to discuss the job with former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, and current Heat assistant Juwan Howard about their head coaching vacancy. Of these coaches, Byron Scott was the only one to make it through a full three seasons.

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