The Los Angeles Lakers hoped to have a long-term solution in head coach Luke Walton and while surviving predecessor Mike Brown, Mike D & # 39; Antoni and Byron Scott, Walton's service ended after just three seasons.
He spent much of the 2018-19 NBA season on the proverbial hot chair, especially after a controversial meeting with the former Lakers president of the basketball business Magic Johnson. Walton's fate was obviously all but definitely came at the end of the season, but there was some belief that changed with Johnson's sudden departure.
Three days after Johnson went down, Lakers and Walton pushed. While presented as a joint decision, a report suggested that Walton hoped to remain with the franchise. He still landed on his feet three days later by officially hired as head coach in the Sacramento Kings.
Meanwhile, the Lakers search has focused mainly on the former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue and Philadelphia 76's assistant Monty Williams. According to Brad Turner of the LA Times Lue is scheduled to meet with the Lakers Secretary-General Rob Pelinka this week:
Tyronn Lue meets with the Lakers Secretary-General Rob Pelinka Friday in Los Angeles on the team's head Coaching job that became available when Luke Walton was released, by source.
– Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) April 16, 2019
Pelinka and the top Lakers executives are also expected to travel to the East Coast for a meeting with Williams before Game 3 in the Sixers first round playoff series with Brooklyn Nets. Philadelphia's victory on Monday night even pulled them.
Hat was fired by Cavs after a 0-6 start of the season. He went 211-183 over parts of four years at the helm, which included three straight trips to the NBA finals and a championship.