The Lakers interviewed Walton in Oakland on Thursday night, according to a league source familiar with the situation. The Lakers had plans to interview Spurs assistant coach Ettore Messina at some point next week between Games 2 (Monday) and 3 (Friday) of their Western Conference semifinals series against Oklahoma City, according to a league source. Those plans were then cancelled following Walton’s interview.
Luke Walton tells ESPN. “I loved everything about my time at Golden State and learning from Steve. I’ll forever be grateful to him, the organization and the team. But I have always dreamed of being a head coach and the chance to do that for an organization like the Lakers doesn’t come around very often.”
Jim Buss, part-owner and executive vice president of basketball operations, could well be gone next summer and so could Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. Could Phil Jackson return? Such questions loom heavy over the Lakers’ future. “The number one thing is this,” said one source familiar with both the Warriors and Lakers. “The Lakers are dysfunctional as an organization. A coach can’t change this.”
Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers and Luke Walton reached an agreement on a multi-year contract for Walton to become the next Head Coach of the team, it was announced by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Walton will begin his new duties at the conclusion of the Golden State Warriors season. “We’re excited to bring Luke back to Los Angeles, where we feel he’s going to start an outstanding coaching career,” said Kupchak. “He’s one of the brightest young coaching minds in the game and we feel fortunate that he’ll be leading the on-court future of our team.”
Kevin Ding: Lakers have agreed to terms with Luke Walton to be their next head coach, according to team sources.