LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Lakers are getting closer to hiring their third coach since Phil Jackson left their sideline in 2011, engaging in negotiations with Byron Scott, according to a source familiar with the situation.
There has not been a formal contract offer, but the Lakers consider Scott to be their preferred candidate and are hoping to reach an agreement soon.
“It could be a few hours or it could happen next week,” said the person, who asked not to be identified.
Scott, 53, has coached three NBA teams, most recently Cleveland in 2012-13, where he was fired and replaced by former Lakers coach Mike Brown. Scott has a 416-521 record as a coach.
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Scott has a tight relationship with Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and recognition from fans who saw him play as a guard on the “Showtime” teams of the 1980s.
“We’ve had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years,” Bryant said of his ex-teammate. “So obviously I know him extremely well, he knows me extremely well and I’ve always been a fan of his.”
The Lakers have been without a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30, accepting a payout of about half the $4 million he was owed next season.
Ridnour signs with Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic seemingly filled out its rotation in the backcourt with the signing of Luke Ridnour, a former Blaine High School standout who started his pro career with the Sonics in 2003.
Ridnour, 33, has a two-year contract. According to reports, his deal is worth $5.5 million and the first year is guaranteed. Ridnour is expected to serve as Orlando’s third point guard, behind Victor Oladipo and rookie Elfrid Payton.
Orlando is Ridnour’s fifth NBA team. He started last season, his 11th as a pro, with Milwaukee before being traded to Charlotte in February. He has career averages of 9.6 points and 4.6 assists.
“I had a lot of offers,” Ridnour said. “They (the Magic) were the most interested from the start, I think.”