Report: Luke Walton is set to meet with Sacramento Kings GM Vlade Divac

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There's no denying that Luke Walton is probably the hottest available coaching commodity in the NBA right now.

After helping the Golden State Warriors to the second-best start in league history with a record of 39-4 this season, and winning the NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month award for October and November, Walton quickly made a name for himself as a viable option on the pine.

Steve Kerr would return to the Warriors fold in late January and ultimately guide Golden State to a record of 73-9, the best regular season record ever.

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Walton's part in that history breaking side isn't to be underestimated and it appears general managers around the NBA have taken notice. Rumours continue to circulate about franchises intentions of interviewing Walton, but it appears one Western Conference outfit might have stolen a march on their rivals.

According to Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee, the Warriors' assistant coach is expected to interview with Sacramento Kings general manager, Vlade Divac, in the near future.

Kerr left the door open for any possible opportunities that may come Walton's way, but reaffirmed his belief that until his commitments with the Warriors have been fulfilled, his concentration should not stray.

"If somebody wants to speak with Luke, they know the protocol - they'll call Bob (Myers) and we'll handle it just like we handled it with Alvin (Gentry) last year, where we'll give Luke permission but it would be after a series ended when we had a little spare time," Kerr said to reporters.

"He (Luke) will always have permission," Kerr added. "We will never hold anybody back from interviewing for a position they're interested in, but the timing has to be right. Luke's kind of busy right now."

If anything, that is a glaring indication of how important Walton is to the reigning NBA champions. Kerr clearly doesn't want to lose his bench ally on the road to back-to-back championships, and it's not even certain that Walton wants that distraction either right now.

The former Los Angeles Lakers player - and two-time NBA champion - is yet to indicate he is actively pursuing a head coach role, or that he is looking to speak to any organisations before the postseason's end.

It's natural that someone of his pedigree - who has honed their skills with arguably the best side of its era - would attract such admiring glances. But, the 36-year-old will surely want to cement his place in history with the Warriors before he moves on to anything else. Especially after coming this far with them.

Of course, as Kerr mentioned, Alvin Gentry set a precedent for this situation last season when he left to coach the New Orleans Pelicans following the Warriors' championship win. Gentry would interview for his eventual position in May, but stayed on with the Warriors until the climax of the postseason nearly a month later.

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