That’s according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who claims the Lakers front office are clearly not supportive of Walton.
The Lakers have been rebuilding as a franchise over the past few years to put together a squad capable of challenging for a title once again.
They made their first real step last summer by acquiring LeBron James.
And the next piece of their puzzle was trying to land Anthony Davis before the trade deadline.
The New Orleans Pelicans weren’t willing to drop their trade demands and now the Lakers will have to go with their current roster for this campaign and wait until the summer.
They will be aiming to land a top free agent in the offseason while it is expected they will return with an offer for Davis.
However, Wojnarowski suggests the Lakers may have a new coach by that point.
“Players know when the coach isn’t supported within the organisation at the highest level,” Wojnarowski said on Hoop Streams.
“They know and they went through this in Miami and when Miami was challenged with Erik Spoelstra when LeBron challenged Erik Spoelstra…
“Pat Riley turned all the players around and said, ‘Erik’s the coach. Go back downstairs and you’re playing for him’.
“It wasn’t only LeBron then. They challenged Spo and we know what came of it. He’s a Hall of Famer coach having won two titles and getting to the Finals four times.
“That’s not the case in L.A.
“Magic Johnson didn’t hire Luke Walton and I think the first chance they get to get out Luke Walton, I think they probably will.
“The players know and that adds to all of this.”