LOS ANGELES (AP) -Luke Walton appears to be returning to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Several published reports said the forward agreed to a six-year, $30 million deal Sunday on the first day teams were allowed to contact free agents.
``This is where I wanted to be all along,'' Walton, an unrestricted free agent, told the Los Angeles Times. ``I couldn't be any happier to remain a Laker.''
Walton's agent Lon Babby told ESPN.com that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak called one minute after the free-agent signing period officially opened.
``They called at the earliest possible moment, and we worked on it all day,'' Babby said. ``They wanted him back, and Luke wanted to be there. We wanted to make every effort to get an agreement before we went out and looked at any other teams.''
A four-year veteran, the 27-year-old Walton averaged 11.4 points, five rebounds and 4.3 assists - all career highs - last season.
He will make more than triple his last season's salary of $1.4 million.
A message left for Lakers spokesman John Black was not immediately returned and teams aren't allowed to announce signings until July 11.

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