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Hired! New Kings coach Luke Walton says Vlade Divac’s offer was ‘too good to pass on’

The Sacramento Kings hired former Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton to a four-year deal on April 13, 2019. Walton replaces Dave Joerger, who was fired after three seasons. By

Luke Walton briefly daydreamed about taking a little time away from the game after parting ways with the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, but five minutes later, Kings general manager Vlade Divac called with an offer he couldn’t refuse.

The Kings followed a whirlwind weekend with a Monday afternoon news conference at Golden 1 Center to introduce Walton as the team’s new head coach. Walton said he’s excited about the opportunity and eager to start working with a promising young team.