April 17, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott talks to the referee during the game at Time Warner Cable Arena. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Byron Scott the favorite to land Lakers’ coaching job

With the month of July heading our way, it’s still a little surprising that the Los Angeles Lakers still have not been able to find a new head coach following the resignation of Mike D’Antoni.

There have been numerous candidates mentioned, but according to a report from ESPN Los Angeles, there is a new front runner to potentially land the job; and it is the man that they’ve held three interviews with already, Byron Scott.

According to Ramona Shelburne, Scott is the favorite at this point, however discussions have not hit the contract talk stage just yet.

Talks with the former Nets and Cavaliers coach have not progressed to the contract stage, as the Lakers continue to weigh whether to hold off on hiring a coach before they make their pitches to free agents.

As Shelburne states, the free agency aspect of this is a big deal. Of course, returning star Kobe Bryant will also give his approval, whether the organization wants to admit it or not, but with such stars like Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James on the market, you want to make sure you have the right coach in place to appease everyone on the roster.

Still, time is running out this summer for the team to get someone in place that can hopefully lead the charge in forgetting the horrible campaign of 2013-14. However, it looks as if Scott might be on the fast track to filling that void.

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