Sources told ESPN on Tuesday that the Cleveland Cavaliers will appoint Luke Walton as assistant coach.
Walton joined JB Bickerstaff’s staff after spending more than five seasons as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings.
Walton, who played parts of his last two seasons as a player with the Cavaliers a decade ago, brought significant experience as a coach and tournament player to the Cavaliers franchise rising in the Eastern Conference.
Under Bickerstaff’s leadership, the Cavaliers achieved a promotion from conference to championship. The young Cavaliers squad, which includes the All-Star Shooting Guard, is expected to Darius Garlandwing / forward Evan Mobley and forward, Garrett Allen, became Cleveland’s contenders for a move to the elite class of the Conference next season.
Walton, who was sacked after playing 6-11 with the Kings in November, was part of the NBA Championship coaching staff with Golden State under Steve Kerr in 2015. He won two titles, 2009 and 2010, as a member of the Lakers.
Bickerstaff signed a long-term extension as head coach of the Cavaliers in December.