Well that didn’t take long. After mutually parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier today, now-former head coach Luke Walton is already on his way to his next coaching interview. And he won’t even have to leave the state.
According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Sacramento Kings have already requested an interview with Walton. The Kings fired head coach Dave Joerger on Thursday.
Walton’s termination comes days after Magic Johnson announced his resignation as president of basketball operations. In three seasons at the helm, Walton went 98-148 and never had a winning season.
The Lakers finished the 2018-19 season with a 37-45 record, failing to reach the playoffs for a sixth year in a row. It is the longest playoff drought in franchise history.
He is reportedly Vlade Divac’s top choice to lead the Kings.
As expected, source tells @TheAthletic that Kings GM Vlade Divac will now reach out to Luke Walton to schedule an interview now that his Lakers days are done. As I reported yesterday, Walton is Divac's first choice for this job.
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) April 12, 2019
Stein also noted that the Kings are seeking permission to interview San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina for the recently-vacated position. Messina has coached a variety of top European basketball teams, but never an NBA team.
Additionally, Philadelphia 76ers assistant Monty Williams is considered a candidate for the Kings job.
The Sacramento Kings have not made the playoffs nor had a winning season since the 2005-06 season. The team has hired and fired nine coaches since then.