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Report: Lakers say ‘no done deal’ with Byron Scott

Jul 27, 2014, 10:01 AM EST

A report emerged late Saturday from an extremely reliable reporter that the Lakers had agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be the team’s next head coach.

Scott himself certainly acted as though the deal was done, too.

“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.”

But there’s one minor problem with all of this: the Lakers say a deal hasn’t yet been reached.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

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.

So, where do we go from here? Likely to a point where the deal becomes official sometime soon.

The Lakers have targeted Scott all along, even though they’ve done so for reasons that seem difficult to justify. Still, it’s been tunnel vision with Scott for months now — despite the team having talks with other more qualified candidates.

If in fact things aren’t very near to the finish line where the negotiations are concerned, it won’t be a great start with Scott in his new role, confirming something to the media that hasn’t yet happened. But more than likely, the deal will be formally announced in the next 24-48 hours, and the terms will closely resemble those in the original report.

  1. fordmandalay - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Okay, we get it – you don’t like Byron Scott. What did he do, not sign an autograph for you when you were 10 or something? Negate the hate.

    • bostonian13 - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      No idea why Lakers fans wouldn’t like the guy, or bloggers who love the Lakers wouldn’t like the guy?? Do people forget how great the Nets were in the early 2000s to about 04?? Do they also forget how well he did with the Hornets (now the Pelicans)?? This dude inherited a horrid Cavs roster after Lebron left, no one could’ve done any better with that Cavs team he was coaching for about a few seasons. Scott is good, I like the combo of him n Kobe.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        “Do people forget how great the Nets were in the early 2000s to about 04??”
        New Jersey Nets record in 2000-01 26 wins, 56 losses.
        New Jersey Nets record in 2001-02 52 wins, 30 losses.
        New Jersey Nets record in 2002-03 49 wins, 33 losses.
        New Jersey Nets record in 2003-04 47 wins, 35 losses.

        Nets weren’t great. They played in another era of weak Eastern Conferences.

      • casualcommenter - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:50 AM

        With 52 wins in 2001-02, the Nets claimed the #1 seed in the East because they were one of just 2 teams with at least 50 wins in the East. The West had 5 teams with 50 wins and a 6th team had 49 wins.

        With 49 wins in 2002-03, the Nets claimed the #2 seed in the East because only 1 team in the East had at least 50 wins. The West had 6 teams with 50 wins and the Spurs won 60 games that year.

    • bostonian13 - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

      Competition is competition. They still played hard, had a great squad and made finals appearances.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        Not to mention who was on those rosters, lol. Besides Jason Kidd, who else was on those teams that he actually got to the Finals to predictably be slaughtered by the Western teams. Getting the most out of what you have is called being a good coach. The Hornets were terrible when he got that job, and they took SA to game 7 a couple of times as I recall. Again, those rosters weren’t exactly stacked with Chris Paul being the only star next to David West who’d generally been terrible up to that point of his career and Tyson Chandler who was a disappointment going back to his Bull days. Then you have the Cavs gig where LeBron James bounced on the team as he was taking the job, so who expected him to do great with that garbage? Bottom line is that if you give him even one star, he gets the most out of what you give him to work with. That being said, I don’t expect he’ll stay there long because he seems to have a Larry Brown grating style on players that eventually turns them off to him. However, he is the very best thing to bring professionalism and a winning attitude back to that dumpster fire currently being driven by Slow Buss. They need to get him a better point guard to work with than Lin, but Kobee will respect him and he’ll get the most out of Randle, teaching him how to play at this level. Paying him less than Kerr and Fisher is a bit insulting though.

      • realfootballfan - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:33 PM

        Btw, how have the Hornets/Pelicans and Nets been since he left to put his success into perspective? Both have been terrible.

  2. ryanaammess - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Should have hired Carl.

  3. llfreedman - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Sports “journalism” is I’m absolute shambles. Every outlet reported that there was a deal yesterday. There is no such thing as fact checking or journalistic integrity anymore in sports. Sad but true.

    • tampajoey - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

      Responsible journalism is dead across the board for both sports and news. It’s all about clicks and agenda now.

  4. llfreedman - Jul 27, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Sports “journalism” is in absolute shambles. Every outlet reported that there was a deal yesterday. There is no such thing as fact checking or journalistic integrity anymore in sports. Sad but true.

  5. jimsjam33 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    The Laker front office is even worst than the team . Forget about Sterling . Make the Buss’s sell the team A bunch of amateurs have ruined what their father built up .

  6. luz56 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    I’ve been saying it all along about agendas.. Look no further than Mike Florio… How about a little investigative reporting like the older days when credibility and character mattered

    • tampajoey - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:36 PM

      Mike Florio manipulates the message board on ProFootballTalk relentlessly censoring comments that don’t fit and promote his views and agenda. Florio is a liberal doofus constantly crying about the Redskins name or whatever other fake fad outrage the pc whiny liberals are pushing today. His biased articles are an insult to journalism.

    • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:36 PM

      I can’t stand Florio either. Before I started reading PBT I was in love with PFT. This was years and years ago when they had a Turd Bowl where they counted points for felony convictions and arrests for guys on whatever team. I seem to remember the Broncos “winning” the Turd Bowl a couple years in a row.

      But now it’s just a bunch of agenda & political statements by Florio. Almost never read PFT now.

  7. luz56 - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    tampajoey….. EXACTLY..any comments that are different or challenge his skewed view of reality are censored.. I guess freedom of speach only works on way with Florio…

  8. Dogsweat - Jul 27, 2014 at 10:06 PM

    What can Brown do for you?

  9. skins26portis - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Lakers continue to be the new laughing stock of the NBA. On the 3rd coach in 3 yrs wow and you wonder why you stink now. This use to be a place where players and coaches wanted to go but not now. If players want to win now they go to the Clippers. Sorry Laker fans get use to this circus show with Jim Buss.

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