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July 29, 2014 Updates
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

The Lakers officially increased their roster to 12 on Monday with the re-signing of forward Wesley Johnson. "I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season," said General Manager Mitch Kupchak in a statement. "Wesley possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender." Although the team didn't release terms of Johnson's contract, it's thought to be for one year at the $981,084 minimum. Los Angeles Times

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent forward Wesley Johnson, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “I’m happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him develop further after taking such great strides last season,” said Kupchak. “Wesley possesses elite athleticism, and has the potential to develop into an excellent defender.” NBA.com

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

Kristina Leahy: Source tells me Byron Scott hire is not a done deal yet. However Scott just told Jim HIll in a phone interview he is the new Laker coach. Twitter @KristineLeahy

The Lakers were quick to downplay an ESPN.com report that they had given Scott a four-year, $17-million deal with a team option for the fourth year. "There is no done deal," said a person who requested anonymity because of the fluidity of the situation. Los Angeles Times

 

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