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July 29, 2014 Updates

James, who can play any position at any time, may be an option in that role for the Cavaliers. But that style explains why Cleveland is eyeing the NBA's stretchiest four: Minnesota Timberwolves forward Kevin Love. Few players of Love's height in NBA history have relied on three-pointers as much as he did last season, when Love took 36% of his shots from behind the three-point line, up from 21% in 2011. It was a greater percentage than even that of James and Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. "If I know David Blatt," said Maccabi center Shawn James, "he probably wants Kevin Love very bad." Wall Street Journal

Blatt abides by the Princeton offense's principles, he has said, though tweaked for the modern game. That means his system depends on proper floor spacing. To achieve that, his offenses lean on the "stretch four," or a power forward who plays on the perimeter, the position that has overtaken the NBA in recent years. Stretch fours are useful not only because they're added shooting threats. Their absence down low also opens up the lane and makes it easier for drivers, like James, to finish around the rim. "This is the different and unique style in Europe," said former Blatt assistant coach Guy Goodes, his Maccabi Tel Aviv successor. Wall Street Journal

Blatt enters the NBA with an extensive history of strategic tinkering. His former players said coaching flexibility comes with the territory in Europe, where roster turnover is more frequent than it is in the NBA. Blatt was working with even more constraints than most in Tel Aviv. Maccabi's budget, which was dwarfed by that of other Euroleague teams, forced him to get creative in tailoring strategies to the players around him, rather than jamming them into his own set beliefs. "The real key to David's success," said Maccabi forward David Blu, "is that he's able to adjust to his players." Wall Street Journal

Sarunas Jasikevičius, one of the most decorated players in European basketball history has formally announced his retirement. It feels like Saras has been a veteran for ages and that’s probably because he has been. At 38 he’s finally hanging up his kicks to work as an assistant coach with Zalgiris Kaunas, with whom he won the Lithuanian title this past season, in the LKL and Euroleague. Ball In Europe

Cajasol Sevilla named Scott Roth head coach for the upcoming season. The American has been player in Spain with Vitoria and Lliria. Roth, 51, has been assistant coach in the NBA with Mavericks, Grizzlies, Warriors, Raptors and Pistons. Sportando

July 28, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “After an extensive and thorough search, we’re proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach,” said Kupchak. “Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward.” NBA.com

“I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family,” said Scott. “I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.” NBA.com

Mike Bresnahan: It's official: Lakers have a signed contract from their new coach, Byron Scott. News conference will be Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. Twitter @Mike_Bresnahan

Is it possible that the Lakers are waiting for Doc Rivers to decide whether he will leave the Clippers as the Donald Sterling saga continues to unfold? “I have a hard time really believing that,” Mannix said. “I know that rumor’s been kind of floating out there, but Doc Rivers, even with Donald Sterling as an owner, is in a very advantageous position with the Clippers. They’re basically a championship-ready team right now that he has effectively total control of. If he went over to the Lakers, he might be a well-paid head coach, but that’s all he would be. He’s not getting personnel control from Jim Buss or from Mitch Kupchak. So I understand Doc’s feelings on Donald Sterling. Those feelings are shared by a lot of people, (including the players). But I still have a hard time believing that Doc would walk way – nor do I really believe that the Clippers would let him out of his contract to go coach the Lakers.” CBSSports.com

Then he had to wait a little bit longer for the team to officially announce him as head coach while "we work through some little details" after he and the team agreed in principle on a four-year, $17 million contract Saturday night. But for the chance to coach the team he won three NBA titles with as a player, he says it will be worth it in the end. "I'm a little tired tonight," Scott told ESPN.com late Sunday night after returning from a trip to the Caribbean. "But I'm extremely excited about the job, extremely excited about the opportunity to bring the purple and gold back up to championship-caliber basketball." ESPN.com

Scott said he's been texting with Lakers star Kobe Bryant throughout the summer and conferring about this year's team. Bryant texted Scott this weekend after news broke that he had accepted the job. "He told me he was working out with Wesley [Johnson] and Nick [Young," Scott said. "I told them that sounded great, but 'They better be ready to play some defense.' " ESPN.com

July 27, 2014 Updates

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be their next head coach. Sources told ESPN that Scott agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract with the Lakers, who hold a team option on the final year of the deal. ESPN.com

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