The Sacramento Kings wasted no time in finding a replacement for fired head coach Dave Joerger, as they have officially hired Luke Walton as their next head coach, according to an official team press release.
Walton was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers after a 98-148 record in three seasons as the helm, and was immediately snatched up by the Kings on a deal that will run through 2022/2023, according to The Athletic’s Sam Amick.
It can be argued that Walton got an unfair shake with the Lakers, but the same can also be said for Joerger, who led the team to marked improvement this season under his watch.
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Kings’ Buddy Hield Wants to Get Contract Extension Done
When it comes to a contract extension for Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, he has made it crystal clear he wants to get a deal done so he can continue his career with the Kings.
The two sides have until October 21st to hammer out a contract extension in order to prevent Hield from hitting restricted free agency.
“We need to get that done,” Hield said, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Anderson. “I want to get that done, for sure. If it doesn’t get done, things could go the other way. This is where I want to be, so it would be good for me to be here in Sacramento. If I’m their guy, I think they should make it happen already. I want to build a future here. I want to be here, but we have to see something. Something’s gotta come to the table. We have a week and a half to see what that brings, but I want to be here.”
Hield is coming off a career-year with the Kings, in which he averaged 20.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game last season.
Rockets Claim Ray Spalding Off Waivers
The Houston Rockets have claimed veteran power forward Ray Spaulding off of waivers from the Atlanta Hawks, according to Stadium and The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The Rockets opened up an available roster spot when the released forward Anthony Bennett earlier this week.
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