Contrary to previous reports, the Los Angeles Lakers have still not formally offered Byron Scott their head coaching vacancy. According to the Los Angeles Times, the two sides are working their way to a contract offer but none has been offered as of yet.
The Lakers are getting closer to hiring their third head coach since Phil Jackson left their sidelines in 2011, engaging in negotiations with Byron Scott, according to a person familiar with the situation.
There has not been a formal contract offer, but the Lakers consider Scott to be their preferred candidate and are hoping to reach an agreement soon.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported Friday night that the Lakers had offered Scott their head coaching position, and that the two sides were negotiating terms of a contract.
The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head-coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources.
The two sides are now in negotiations on a contract.
The Lakers made Scott a verbal offer on Thursday after Scott spoke with owner Jim Buss. Scott and his representatives are reviewing the Lakers’ offer.
Mike D’Antoni resigned as the Lakers head coach at the end of April, and LA hasn’t exactly been proactive in hiring his replacement. Though, according to reports, Scott has interviewed for the job three times since then. The Lakers said they would go through the draft and free agency periods before transitioning to hiring a head coach.
With training camps opening in a couple of months, the Lakers can’t stall any longer.
Scott last coached in the NBA from 2010-13 (Cleveland Cavaliers), where he posted seasons of 19, 21 and 24 wins.