Los Angeles Lakers, coach Luke Walton agree to part ways

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Shams Charania of the Athletic reports that the sides agreed to mutually part ways on Friday afternoon, two days after the Lakers' last game of the season.

"As we begin the process of moving forward, we will work in a measured and methodical fashion to make the right moves for the future of our organization".

"I want to thank Jeanie Buss and the Buss family for giving me the opportunity to coach the Lakers", Walton said in a statement issued by the Lakers.

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"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.

The former Lakers forward went 98-148 in his first permanent head coaching job. Since then, the relationship between Walton and the team has deteriorated.

Walton led the Lakers to a 37-45 record this season, missing the playoffs for the sixth-straight season.

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The search for Walton's replacement is already underway, with ESPN reporting former Cavaliers coach and LeBron confidant Ty Lue is a "strong frontfunner."

The Los Angeles Lakers offseason has started with a colossal bang. Johnson, though, said that his relationship with Walton was fine after the incident, which he considered overblown. The Lakers' front office will have a much different look next season. "Obviously it was frustrating, the injuries, the inability to have a consistent lineup was frustrating and hard for them".

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr said the Lakers are losing "one of the best human beings in the league". Not long after Vlade Divac signed a four-year contract extension to remain Kings general manager, he fired Dave Joerger.

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