NBA Rumors: Walton, Kings Offseason Plans Revealed

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Dec 12, 2015; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Golden State Warriors head coach Luke Walton calls a play in the fourth quarter during the game against the Golden State Warriors at BMO Harris Bradley Center. USA TODAY Sports / Benny Sieu

Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton will reportedly continue his stint for the franchise, according to a report by The Athletic.

The 41-year-old Walton coached the Kings to two identical 31-41 seasons, missing the playoffs in both instances.

The Kings have now missed the postseason for a league-record 15 years, tying the Los Angeles Clippers' streak for futility.

But the King's front office seems to value continuity, putting their trust in Walton and retaining the former Golden State Warriors interim and Los Angeles Lakers mentor.

Less than a day before the report, Walton spoke about his plans for the Kings in the succeeding seasons, talking about the competitive nature of the Western Conference and how they plan on improving on their inferior record.

“In the West, it’s kind of a recipe for success, getting multiple All-Stars, superstars,” Walton said per Jason Jones of The Athletic.

“But we also know we have to build that here. We’re not going to go sign, I can’t say names, but we’re not going to go sign a superstar in the offseason. It’s not the way it’s going to work so we have to build it from within.”

Walton's remarks hint at the approach he and the Kings will take in the next offseason, focusing on players' individual developments and strengthening the roster in the process.

The Kings had eight players average in double-digit scoring, showing how balanced they are offensively and how many weapons they have on the floor.

De'Aaron Fox is the obvious "All-Star," averaging a team-high 25.2 points and 7.2 assists in the 2020-21 season.

Veterans Buddy Hield and Harrison Barnes provided solid support, both norming above 16 points a game.

Richaun Holmes managed to transform himself into a serviceable starter-level big man, averaging an efficient 14.2 markers on 63.7% field goals, 8.3 boards, and 1.6 blocks.

Rookie Tyrese Haliburton, in spite of missing the last few weeks of the regular season due to an injury, also showcased he is worthy of the top newcomer award, averaging 13 points and 5.3 assists.

Most of the Kings' players are locked into contracts for the 2021-22 season, with an impending unrestricted free agent Holmes being the only exception.

Walton has two years and $11.5 million left in his coaching deal with the Kings.

Not many head tacticians get the chance to continue after a series of disappointing season finishes with their clubs, but Walton shall have an opportunity to grow the Kings from within--in hopes of turning their fortunes around when they play at full-strength.


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Tyrese Haliburton #22 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives the ball as Marcus Garrett #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks defends in the first half of the game at Hilton Coliseum on January 8, 2020 in Ames, Iowa. The Kansas Jayhawks won 79-53 over the Iowa State Cyclones.
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