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Report: Lakers, Byron Scott agree to four-year, $17 million deal to coach team

Jul 26, 2014, 11:37 PM EDT

Byron Scott is in a tough position as the Lakers coach. Right now he is essentially a placeholder.

But a well-paid placeholder as the Lakers and Scott have reached a deal, reports Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms on a four-year, $17 million contract with Byron Scott to be their next head coach, sources told ESPN. The Lakers hold a team option on the final year of the deal.

The buzz around the league the debate was over years, not dollars. The Lakers are trying to figure out who their next star will be and then once they get that what system best fits that star. That system may or may not be something you want Scott to coach, but they didn’t want a long-term committment to him in case they need to go another direction. The Lakers preferred a two-year deal, Scott likely wanted four, this is a compromise.

Our own Brett Pollakoff detailed why the Lakers ultimately settled for Scott (if you’re the leading candidate yet it took three months before they picked you, they settled). For one thing, this is the guy Kobe Bryant wanted. Still, it’s not going to be easy for Scott. The Lakers are going to spend the next couple years working to get another superstar or two, the guy or guys to be face of the franchise after Kobe Bryant steps away. Until then they do not want to commit to a specific style of play or format, they want to be flexible. Scott has to be that guy, hold the fort until we get the stars in place and know who we want to be.

That’s not how the Lakers will sell it. They will sell “he’s part of the family.” They will sell player development and defense as his skills, even though at his last couple stays those things never really surfaced.

But the Lakers got their man. Kobe’s man. A guy who has been to the Finals as a coach (even though his star player ran him off after that), a guy with rings as a Lakers player, a guy who is part of the family. That is what they can sell.

  1. rexgrossman8 - Jul 26, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    Love and Westbrook tandem would be sweet in LA. More importantly, is Scott making the same as D’Antoni last year and less than Kerr and Fisher this year? Even if this is his fourth gig, doesn’t strike me as fair.

    • skins26portis - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      Get off the crack pipe rexgroosman8 cause you sure sucked as a QB.

  2. chargerdillon - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:42 AM

    I’ll be shocked if he lasts a season.

    The Jim Buss Era Coaches: Mike Brown, Mike D’antoni, Byron Scott

    Does anybody else notice the pattern in futility here?

    3 different coaches in which the core set of players do not fit their style of coach.

    For the third time now Jim Buss has opted to jam a square peg into a round hole.

    Scott will be gone by the seasons end.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:22 AM

      You will be gone by seasons end.

      Clippers Bandwagon departs by 9am sharp. Get there early so you can get your desired seat.

      • chargerdillon - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

        The Clipper Bandwagon will also be departing from reality and the playoffs in the second round.

        What’s more exciting than this Clippers new Dynasty of playoff losses?!

  3. 00maltliquor - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Lakers vs Hornets 2015 NBA Championships.

    BOOK IT

    • skins26portis - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      Welcome to the purple and gold Byron. You will find out that this is not your fathers Lakers. This new era is horrible basketball and no defense. I enjoyed last season watching the Lakers get spanked. I can’t wait for another terrible season for the Lakers. Go Clippers Pacific Division Champs 2015

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:31 AM

        I enjoyed watching the Redskins getting spanked last season too. I made a LOT of good money betting against them.

    • cowboysfaninbuffalove - Jul 27, 2014 at 12:39 PM

      Dear Lord that’s a dumb comment

  4. sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:58 AM

    “The Lakers preferred a two-year deal, Scott likely wanted four, this is a compromise.”

    And he received a four year deal.

    Seems to me, a three year deal would have been a compromise.

  5. djlexluger - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:25 AM

    “This isn’t your fathers lakers” is a weird statement considering he played for the lakers, won titles and everything.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      And these Lakers, the team he signed on to coach is NOTHING like the Lakers teams he was on.

      That was the point.

  6. omniusprime - Jul 27, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Finally jerky boy jimmy and klueless kupcake make a coaching decision, and a good one for us disgruntled Laker fans. Too bad it took three months, at least two months of useless dithering that would have been better spent getting Scott in earlier to start setting up his new system. I wish Byron all the best as coach. He’ll need a lot of luck having to carry garbage like trash nash, linstupid and the boozer booby prize. Still not a team Laker fans can love but at least we won’t hate the coach any longer.

  7. jvw1982 - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Wow I want to work for the Lakers….they are giving away money this yr……but I like the hire, Scott can coach but he needs some players

  8. El Pollo Loco - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    The obvious choice was to name Kobe the player coach aka Bill Russell.Problem is Bill actually knew the other four guys on his team needed to get involved .Scott won’t last more than two seasons

    • realfootballfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      The current CBA made that impossible going forward.

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