OAKLAND – The Warriors have granted the Lakers permission to meet with assistant coach Luke Walton regarding the head coaching position in Los Angeles, coach Steve Kerr revealed Wednesday.
The Warriors requested only that the Lakers not contact Walton until they have concluded their first-round series against the Rockets. The Warriors would oust Houston with a victory in Game 5 Wednesday night.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, who reached out to Warriors GM Bob Myers, is searching for a coach after Byron Scott was dismissed earlier this week.
“We told Mitch he’s perfectly welcome to talk to Luke as soon as this series is over and we have a little break,” Kerr said in his news conference prior to Game 5.
Walton is a logical candidate because he spent nine seasons as a Lakers player, winning two championships (2009 and 2010). Walton also owns a home in the Los Angeles area.
Walton 36, became an attractive candidate based largely his work as interim coach of the Warriors while Kerr was on leave of absence earlier this season. The Warriors went 39-4 under Walton before Kerr returned on Jan. 22.