According to reports from Chris Broussard and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers have formally offered their head coaching vacancy to longtime Laker Byron Scott.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Byron Scott their head coaching job. The two sides are now in negotiations.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 25, 2014
Scott has previously coached in the NBA for the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers compiling a 416-521 record. Scott took the 2002 and 2003 Nets to the NBA Finals and was named the NBA’s coach of the year in 2008 while with the Hornets.
The Lakers have been focused on hiring Scott for some time now, but wanted to complete free agency before hiring a coach. The Lakers failed to land the likes of Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James, Dirk Nowitzki, or Chris Bosh in free agency and also lost Pau Gasol.
Lakers have been locked on Byron Scott for a while now. Just wanted to shape roster first before hiring a coach. — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 25, 2014
There were rumors that the Lakers were considering letting a top tier free agent, like Anthony or James, hand pick the next Head Coach. However, once those players decided to play elsewhere, the Lakers locked in on Scott, but not before considering other candidates, such as George Karl.
One coach who received more consideration from the Lakers than previously reported was, @CoachKarl22
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 25, 2014
The Lakers now enter negotiations with Scott and he should be hired by the end of the weekend. According to Shelburne, this deal will be a more standard contract, meaning that Scott likely won’t get a 5-year, $25+M deal like Derek Fisher or Steve Kerr.
Should be noted Lakers just in negotiations w/ Byron. Deal not done yet. Would likely be standard type $ and years … Not Kerr/Fisher $ — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 25, 2014
Scott is likely to receive a 3-year deal that is worth somewhere around $9-10M.