Kings welcome Walton as head coach

Luke Walton is the new head coach of the Sacramento Kings.

The franchise announced the official agreement Monday.

“I have known Luke for many years and I am so excited to welcome him and his family to the Sacramento Kings,” said Kings general manager Vlade Divac. “I look forward to his leadership on the court as we work to build a winning culture for many years to come.”

The Los Angeles Lakers and Walton, 39, parted ways on Friday.

Walton compiled a 98-148 record in three seasons as the Lakers’ head coach. Los Angeles missed the playoffs in all three campaigns.

Since Rick Adelman left Sacramento in 2006 after eight seasons, the Kings have had nine head coaches.

The most recent was Dave Joerger, who was fired on Thursday.

Joerger led the Kings to a 39-43 record this season, good for ninth place in the NBA’s Western Conference. It was their best record since 2005-06 — the last time they qualified for the playoffs.

–Field Level Media

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