From Luke to Lue? Lakers, Luke Walton part company

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Don't forget, Lue spent his first three seasons as a player with the Lakers winning a couple of rings in the process in 2000 and 2001.

The Lakers parted ways with head coach Luke Walton Friday, after three seasons, following a 37-45 record.

Luke Walton and the Sacramento Kings have agreed to a deal in principle to make him the team's new head coach, league sources told ESPN on Saturday.

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Ball then reportedly returned to Los Angeles via arrangements made by the team without having surgery.

"This franchise and the city will always be special to me and my family", said 39-year-old Walton, who won the National Basketball Association twice as a Lakers player. "They're losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met".

For 211 games between the 2015-16 season and the start of this campaign, Lue was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, leading them to a title in 2016 while making NBA Finals appearances in 2017 and 2018. The former Golden State top assistant never led the Lakers to the playoffs, not even after the arrival of LeBron James last summer.

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The roster in LA was constructed very poorly by Johnson and Pelinka. At one point, Pelinka sat in on coaches' meetings, involving himself at a granular level in Walton's workload.

While Walton and Johnson - who surprisingly quit in impromptu fashion Tuesday night - are out, GM Rob Pelinka is expected to stay on board. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

The last time Kings general manager Vlade Divac conducted a coaching search, it spanned weeks, with more than 10 candidates drawing interviews.

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Rondo, who is on the sixth team of his career, praised Walton for his ability to relate to players. "I want my coach on the same page".

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