Lakers news: Luke Walton’s job secure, according to Jeanie Buss
In the midst of the futuristic approach to the Los Angeles Lakers offseason, Luke Walton’s name has floated around in rumors that this may indeed be his last season as the coach of this team. Yet governor and majority owner Jeanie Buss has assured that’s not the case, according to Ramona Shelburne.
Shelburne spoke to Trey Wingo of ESPN’s Golic & Wingo, assuring that she had been told the man at the helm isn’t going anywhere.
“Jeanie Buss had flat out said to me — ‘Luke is not going anywhere’ She is so obviously in his corner, and that’s ownership speaking,” said Shelburne. “The reason why those kinds of stories, like the (David) Fizdale story, that comes from outside of the organization.”
Fizdale was rumored to be the potential replacement for Walton, as the former has already a strong rapport with LeBron James from his Miami Heat days, making it a potential link to him signing with the Lakers in the offseason.
James and Paul George are two of the principal targets Los Angeles will aim at, as soon as their season is over.
Pieces like Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and even Brandon Ingram have been rumored to be movable in favor of either or both of these elite small forwards for the 2018 offseason.
The Lakers are currently 15-27 on the season, despite a promising start, and have won their last four games, despite an ugly nine-game skid to end the year.
For now, Walton’s job appears to be safe, as he’s survived his seat by putting all his eggs on the development of his young players, including rising franchise point guard Lonzo Ball and forward Kyle Kuzma.