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The Lakers wished their former coach well when announcing his departure.

Walton, who went 98-148 in his three seasons as head coach, thanked the franchise and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, who was a staunch supporter of Walton's.

In addition to Walton's firing, Lakers President of Basketball Operations Magic Johnson stepped down Tuesday.

"We would like to thank Luke for his dedicated service over the last three years", Pelinka said in a team statement.

However, there's no guarantee the Los Angeles Lakers will be the team reaps the benefits of Ball's big summer.

The Lakers improved their record in each of Walton's three seasons, but never finished higher than third place in the Pacific Division.

"I'm disappointed for Luke", Kerr said via Anthony Slater. How much influence he wields in this power vacuum with LeBron James and Rich Paul in the picture will determine how the rest of this LeBron-Lakers marriage plays out.

The 21-year-old UCLA product told reporters Wednesday his ankle was "finally starting to show some good progress" and that he hoped to get back on the court in a couple of weeks to begin offseason training.

"It affected us a lot", guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope said. "They did everything right, I'll say that". L.A. was just 17-31 the rest of the way as James missed 17 games and was in and out of the lineup until he was shut down for the season in late March. At one point, Pelinka sat in on coaches' meetings, involving himself at a granular level in Walton's workload.

Now, the Lakers and James will look for another coach, and two early candidates have emerged - former Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue and Sixers assistant coach Monty Williams.

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