Luke Walton has 'hell of an opportunity' with Kings, Steve Kerr believes

Ali Thanawalla
NBC Sports BayArea
Steve Kerr advised Luke Walton to take a vacation and figure out what's next. That "vacation" lasted 24 hours.

Luke Walton has 'hell of an opportunity' with Kings, Steve Kerr believes

Steve Kerr advised Luke Walton to take a vacation and figure out what's next. That "vacation" lasted 24 hours.

Luke Walton has 'hell of an opportunity' with Kings, Steve Kerr believes originally appeared on nbcsportsbayarea.com

On Friday, Warriors coach Steve Kerr advised Luke Walton to take a vacation and figure out what he wanted to do next.

That "vacation" lasted roughly 24 hours, as Walton agreed to a four-year contract to be the next Kings coach, a source confirmed to NBC Sports California's James Ham.

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"Happy for Luke," Kerr told reporters Saturday before the NBA first-round playoff series opener between the Warriors and Clippers. "That was quick."

Walton will take over a Kings team that surprised many by winning 39 games this season. De'Aaron Fox is a budding superstar, Buddy Hield had a breakout third season, and Marvin Bagley had an excellent rookie campaign.

"Great opportunity," Kerr said. "Really nice, young team. I thought Dave Joerger did a tremendous job there the last few years, and they've established a really good foundation, so it's a hell of an opportunity for him."

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The Kings surprisingly fired Joerger on Thursday, one day after their regular-season finale.

Walton served as a Warriors assistant for two years, and went 39-4 as the interim head coach in 2015-16 while Kerr recovered from back surgery, before taking the Lakers' head-coaching job three seasons ago. The Lakers, who missed the playoffs in a season where they had high expectations, agreed to part ways with Walton on Friday.

Walton went 98-148 in his three seasons in LA.

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