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#pounditTuesday, May 21, 2024

Report: Lakers discussed potential routes to keeping Luke Walton

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The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t quite figure out what to do with Luke Walton even after Magic Johnson’s departure as team president.

According to Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers actually spoke with Walton’s representatives after Johnson’s departure to see if there was a way forward for him to remain coach. However, it became clear that, as the Lakers had planned to fire Walton before Johnson’s departure, it was simply untenable for him to remain in his role.

While it gives some credence to the thinking that Johnson’s departure may have benefited Walton, it is pretty much illustrative of the chaos swallowing up the Lakers right now. This was phrased as Walton leaving by mutual consent, but that seems to be because he knew his authority was completely shot already. The fact that there was thought given to keeping Walton after Johnson’s departure seems to illustrate that decisions are being made with a lot of fluidity and the process might not be very sound right now.

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