El Segundo, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Los Angeles Lakers are in negotiations for Byron Scott to assume the head-coaching job.
The team made Scott a verbal offer Thursday after the latter spoke with owner Jim Buss.
A former Lakers star, Scott has long been the front-runner for the job since Mike D’Antoni resigned at the end of April.
Other candidates considered along the way were Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Mike Dunleavy, Alvin Gentry and Kurt Rambis.
Scott received a key endorsement from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996.
He has a coaching record of 416-521 in 13 NBA seasons.
Scott took the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 before coaching with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers.