The Clevland Cavaliers have hired former Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings Head Coach Luke Walton to be an assistant coach with the franchise. While his tenure with both teams was not viewed favorably he did serve as the Golden State Warriors assistant coach from 2014 to 2016 and handled interim head coach responsibilities well when Steve Kerr was out due to back surgery. Walton will coach under current Cavaliers Head Coach J.B. Bickerstaff. In his last two seasons as a player, Walton played parts of them with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are hiring Luke Walton as an assistant coach, sources tell ESPN. Walton joins JB Bickerstaff’s coaching staff after spending five-plus years as head coach of the Lakers and Kings. Walton spent his final two seasons as a player with Cleveland a decade ago.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 31, 2022
In his career as a Head Coach with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Sacramento Kings, Luke Walton has an overall record of 98-148 with Los Angeles and 68-93 with Sacramento. Neither team made the NBA Playoffs in the five full seasons that Walton served as the Head Coach. The Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to break a playoff drought of their own heading into next season.
OFFICIAL: #Cavs hire Luke Walton as Assistant Coach.
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) May 31, 2022
The Cleveland Cavaliers season ended after they failed to win two separate play-in games against the Brooklyn Nets and the Atlanta Hawks. Despite a fast start to the season, injuries and other complications slowed the team down the final stretch of the regular season. Next season, with Luke Walton on the bench as an assistant the Cavaliers will be looking for a different outcome and a return to the NBA Playoffs.