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Report: Cavaliers begin talks to extend Byron Scott’s contract

Aug 10, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

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Byron Scott is a good basketball coach. Yes, he is 40-108 in two seasons with Cleveland, but considering he walked into the post-LeBron trash pile that was the Cavaliers roster, that’s not all that bad.

So they are working to keep him beyond this next season, when his deal expires. So reports the News-Herald (via IamaGM.com).

The Cavs have opened dialogue on a contract extension for Scott, who is entering his third season as coach. “We’ll take care of that somewhere down the line,” Scott said. “People ask, ‘Do you really like Cleveland?’ I love it. The perception of Cleveland is it’s the ‘Mistake by the Lake.’ I hope I’m here in the next five years. I enjoy what’s going on.”

Cleveland will want to take care of this before Scott’s contract ends and he becomes a free agent, at that point he likely would have options.

The Cavaliers have a young stud in Kyrie Irving and a couple of young question marks in Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson. They are rebuilding and it’s a process. But so long as Scott and Irving have a good relationship there is no reason to consider a change.

  1. pl4tinum514 - Aug 10, 2012 at 1:21 PM

    Good stuff, Cavs. Byron Scott is a good, steadying influence and great teacher for all the youth the Cavs are stockpiling. They need a coach like him right now. And he’s a great guy too.

  2. blantoncollier - Aug 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

    Good move. Scott is a class act.

  3. johnlink00 - Aug 10, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Reminds me a bit of Doc Rivers before the Big 3. Good coach, bad situation.

  4. manchestermiracle - Aug 11, 2012 at 12:31 PM

    For all the bitter hate heaped upon the Lakers for their success by authors and fans alike, no one seems to realize how much the L.A. organization has helped the league as a whole. Byron Scott is just one example. Pat Riley is another. Just how successful would the Heat franchise be at this point without Riles? Jerry West certainly helped the Grizzly while he was there (winning Exec of the Year in ’04 while the coach he hired, Hubie Brown, got coach of the year) and now he’s an advisor to the Warriors.

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