The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott, according to league sources.
The two sides are now in negotiations on a contract.
The Lakers made Scott a verbal offer on Thursday after Scott spoke with owner Jim Buss. Scott and his representatives are now in the process of reviewing the Lakers’ offer.
Scott, the former Lakers star who won three titles playing next to Magic Johnson, has long been the frontrunner for the job. Read more after the jump
The Lakers have been without a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned at the end of April. Scott interviewed for the job three times, but the organization prioritized the draft and free agency over hiring a coach.
Scott received a key endorsement from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996 and has maintained a close relationship with him since.