Lakers hire Byron Scott as head coach

Byron Soctt

The Los Angeles Lakers vowed to take their time in hiring a new head coach after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, and they did just that. But now, after a diligent search, the team has a new coach.

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers have agreed to terms on a contract that will make Byron Scott the team’s next coach.

According to Shelburne, the deal is for four-years, and $17 million. The Lakers will hold a team option for the final season.

On Friday, news broke that the Lakers had offered Scott the head coaching job, and the two sides were able to come to terms on Saturday night.

Instead of rushing into hiring a new coach immediately following D’Antoni’s resignation, which came on April 30, the Lakers set out to build their roster first. They drafted Julius Randle in the first round of the NBA Draft, and Jordan Clarkson in the second round. They added Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer, and Jordan Hill, as well as bringing back Nick Young.

With the roster set for the 2014 season, the Lakers now have their coach, in Scott. Scott last coached in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the Lakers for 10 years, from 1983 to 1993, before returning to the Lakers for the 1996-97 season. That year he played with a young rookie named Kobe Bryant.

Bryant has said Scott was his mentor during that rookie season, and has vocally supported the idea of the Lakers hiring Scott as coach during this offseason. It’s believed Bryant, who may be entering the final two season’s of his career, will be in favor of Los Angeles hiring Scott.

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