It appears that the Sacramento Kings are moving towards hiring a new head coach, and if it gets done the move would be an absolutely brilliant one.
Sacramento GM Vlade Divac is offering Luke Walton his franchise’s coaching job and there’s confidence on both sides that a deal can be reached quickly, league sources tell ESPN. Divac and Walton are meeting this weekend.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 13, 2019
This news comes just days after the Kings parted ways with head coach David Joerger in a somewhat surprising move.
Luke Walton also just agreed to "mutually part ways' with the Los Angeles Lakes Friday afternoon, but it appears he will not last very long on the open market, and rightfully so. This past year may not have gone as planned for the Walton coached Lakers, but let's not forget that he is still a brilliant basketball mind and has shown that as a coach.
Luke Walton and the Sacramento Kings are progressing rapidly on a deal to make him the franchise’s new coach, league sources tell ESPN. A formal announcement is expected as soon as this weekend. https://t.co/w1TUog820m— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 13, 2019
Walton filled in incredibly for Steve Kerr when he was the then-assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, which would win 24 games in a row to start the season under Walton.
If he's so brilliant then why didn't it workout in LA? Well, the Lakers may not have had a successful season but Walton should not receive the blame. Injuries derailed their 2018-19 campaign, as key players like Brandon Ingram and LeBron James missed significant time.
Update: Source tells @TheAthleticNBA that Kings GM Vlade Divac and Luke Walton have already met today and are in the late stages of finalizing a multi-year deal.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 13, 2019
Drama in the front office was also a big reason, with the Anthony Davis trade saga being a huge distraction for the team.