According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings fired head coach Luke Walton Sunday morning.
The Sacramento Kings fired coach Luke Walton on Sunday, sources told ESPN. Kings have lost seven of eight games and dropped to 6-11 on season – leaving them 12th in the Western Conference.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2021
The firing comes after the Kings lost to the Utah Jazz by 18 points at home Saturday night.
The Kings have dropped seven of their last eight games and are 6-11 to start the season. In just over two seasons as head coach, Walton finished with a record of 68-83.
Walton, the son of Blazers legend Bill Walton, also served as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers from 2016-19.
The Kings have yet to name a replacement, but associate head coach Alvin Gentry and first-year assistant coach Doug Christie have been named as potential candidates to serve in an interim role.
Update, 11:39 a.m. PST: The Kings have named Alvin Gentry as the interim head coach, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sources: Alvin Gentry will become the Kings’ interim coach. Gentry is already under contract through 2022-2023, gets a raise to take interim job and agreement on some benchmarks of success rest of this season with team to try and keep job longer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 21, 2021