The Los Angeles Lakers and Byron Scott have officially agreed to a contract that will make Scott the next Head Coach of the organization. Scott has agreed to a 4-year deal worth $17M to make him the teams 3rd coach since Phil Jackson‘s departure.
Lakers deal with Byron Scott will be four years, $17 million
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 27, 2014
The Lakers hold a team option on the fourth year of the deal, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles.
The Lakers will hold a team option on the fourth-year of the deal with Byron Scott — Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 27, 2014
Scott has long been considered the front-runner for the job throughout the three-month long coaching search. The Lakers vacancy opened when Mike D’Antoni resigned on April 30th and is the last head coaching vacancy to be filled in the NBA.
The Lakers were impressed by Scott during his three interviews with Mitch Kupchak and the Buss family. Kobe Bryant has also endorsed Scott as the next head coach, which held some weight within the organization.
Byron Scott played for the Lakers for 11 seasons and is a three-time NBA Champion with the Lakers, having won titles during the Showtime Era with Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Last season Scott was an analyst for the Lakers Time Warner Cable SportNet.
The Lakers contacted five coaches besides Scott about the position: Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and George Karl. However, they decided to keep the job within the family, something they hadn’t done with their last two hire. Scott has coached for the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. In 2002 and 2003 he led the Nets to back to back NBA Finals appearances and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 while with the Hornets.