Walton went 98-148 in his three years with the Lakers and said Los Angeles would always be "special" to him and his family in a statement following his release. "We wish Luke and his family the best of luck moving forward".
Johnson attributed his decision in part to his desire to fire Walton, who is close to Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.
The Lakers fired Luke Walton after three years, none of which ended with a postseason appearance.
Walton's job was the subject of much speculation for several months now, and it will be one of the hottest jobs on the market now.More news: First image of a black hole captured: astronomers
He was hired by Sixers coach Brett Brown before this season.
James and the Lakers' players have been uniformly supportive of Walton, who managed to keep his team playing hard and harmoniously under the Los Angeles microscope despite multiple major injuries and distractions.
There's never a tiresome moment in Laker Land.
The Lakers organization has been the focal point of the 2018-2019 National Basketball Association season. His weird rotations and who he would play in crunch time was criticized and the fact that he was the head coach that LeBron was joining should have been a red flag. "That's going to be the only thing that's unfair in this conversation we have today because I think at the end of the day, we are all different", James said in his interview with Hill. "They did everything right, I'll say that".
"He has a lot of great tendencies for a young coach that some coaches probably don't develop their entire life, or their entire career", Rondo said Wednesday. A season in which new-Laker LeBron James was expected to carry the team to their first playoff appearance since 2013.