The Sacramento Kings recently extended the contract of vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac, and he wasted no time sweeping clean the front office after the Kings' season ended.
This comes after news that the Lakers parted ways with head coach Luke Walton on Friday (April 12). This signified a major consolidation of power for Divac, emboldened by the Kings' long-term organizational commitment to him.
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"They're losing one of the best human beings in the NBA", Kerr said. Mid-season past year, the Cavs fired then-head coach Tyronn Lue.
Johnson explained in his decision to step down that he was considering firing Walton on Wednesday, when the Lakers held their exit interviews, but did not want to "disappoint" Jeanie Buss and get in the way of her relationship with Walton and in the process hurt his own relationship with Buss.
Divac was a fan of Walton's three years ago, when the Kings hired Joerger. If he accepts the gig he'll inherit a young, promising roster that just completed the franchise's most successful season in 13 years.More news: Multiple people shot outside Australian nightclub
Walton worked as an assistant with the Warriors from 2014-16.
"They are losing a guy who knows the game as well as anybody I've ever met", said Kerr, who had Walton on his coaching team before he left to join the Lakers in 2016.
The Lakers had cursory discussions with Walton's representatives on Wednesday in which they discussed whether there was a way forward, multiple sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. "He was dependent on circumstances just like all of us". He won two previous titles as a deep reserve with the Lakers, in 2000 and 2001.More news: Galaxy A80: Photos, Release Date, Specifications, And Price Details