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The Los Angeles Lakers Have "Parted Ways" With Head Coach Luke Walton

lebron james and luke walton talk during a game

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 31: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton talk during a timeout during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers and head coach Luke Walton have "parted ways" after a tumultuous season that ended without a trip to the playoffs. The move was not unexpected.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Tyronn Lue, who coached LeBron James in Cleveland for a few years, is a "strong frontrunner" for the job. It's unclear who else the franchise is considering moving forward.

Walton, who played for the franchise from 2003-2012, has been its head coach the past three seasons. This past year, the Lakers finished with a 37-45 mark and missed out on the postseason.

Earlier in the week, Magic Johnson stepped down from his role as team president. The Lakers' front office will have a much different look next season.

Update: The Lakers have made the news official with a press release.

Walton may not be unemployed for long. He's been mentioned for a few college jobs, and he appears to be in the running for the Sacramento Kings job. We'll keep you updated on where he could land next in his career.