Luke Walton to join Memphis bench

Updated: August 23, 2011, 10:04 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Los Angeles Lakers forward Luke Walton is about to land a job during the NBA lockout as a college assistant coach for the Memphis Tigers.

Walton, 31, has two years remaining on his contract with the Lakers and would remain a Memphis coach until the NBA season resumes, according to the school. Memphis coach Josh Pastner has recommended Walton join the staff, and his hiring is pending approval of the University and Tennessee State Board of Regents.

"It's going to be that opportunity ...

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