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Well there goes that! This coming days after Magic Johnson stepped down as Lakers President of Basketball Operations.


LOS ANGELES — A tumultuous week continued for the Los Angeles Lakers as the team announced that it has mutually parted ways with head coach Luke Walton on Friday.

The move comes just three days after Magic Johnson left the franchise reeling by shockingly deciding to step down as president of basketball operations on Tuesday night. Walton finished his third season as head coach with a frustrating and disappointing 37-45 record in a season that began with massive expectations after LeBron James‘ arrival. Walton leaves the team with two years remaining on his five-year deal.

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ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is a strong front-runner to replace Walton and that Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Monty Williams joins Lue as the central candidates in the Lakers’ search, according to league sources. Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka will run the coaching search, a source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

“We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years,” Pelinka said in a team statement. “We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward.”

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