There was a report that the Los Angles Lakers had found their new head coach in Byron Scott. Now there is a new report out that says the Lakers and Scott have not reached an official agreement.
The Lakers continued to negotiate with Byron Scott to be their coach but had not reached an official agreement as of Saturday evening, according to a person familiar with the situation.
The Lakers were quick to downplay an ESPN.com report that they had given Scott a four-year, $17-million deal with a team option for the fourth year.
“There is no done deal,” said a person who requested anonymity because of the fluidity of the situation.
This doesn’t mean that the two sides aren’t working towards a deal and they’re certainly working out details. It would be Scott’s fourth team as a coach and he is certainly acting like a deal is done.
“It feels fantastic,” he told Jim Hill of KCBS-TV. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”
Scott played with the Lakers in the 1980s and played a role in three of their five NBA championships during the decade. Scott was also a teammate of Kobe Bryant’s during the 1996-97 season, Bryant’s rookie year.
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