Byron Scott‘s agent, Brian McInerney, said in an e-mail to the AP that he and the Cavs are working through the final details of a contract and that Scott has agreed to become the team’s new head coach.
The Cavs’ search for a new coach took a sudden turn Tuesday when Lakers’ assistant Brian Shaw, who was reportedly close to a deal earlier in the week, withdrew his name from consideration, citing “timing issues.”
That’s when talks with Scott intensified. A deal is expected to be officially announced Thursday afternoon … just while LeBron fields sales pitches for multiple teams.
James has said he would like to play for a former NBA player, and Scott’s resume includes 14 pro seasons — 11 with the Lakers — and three titles. He was a teammate of Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on L.A.’s famed “Showtime” teams under coach Pat Riley and later with Kobe Bryant. He knows what it takes to win it all.
Scott’s dream has been to coach the Lakers, but with Phil Jackson possibly returning to the champions (Jackson is expected to inform the Lakers of his decision on Friday), Scott has decided to take on the Cavs, who could be better positioned to re-sign James with Scott on the sideline.
Shaw’s withdrawal also fuels speculation that he wants to remain available should Jackson retire. Even if Jackson decides to stay with the Lakers, Shaw could be waiting it out on L.A.’s bench for another year in hopes of earning the head coaching job. [AP]