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July 26, 2014 Updates

The Lakers and Byron Scott made progress on Saturday in negotiating a deal that would ensure him as the next head coach. But have they agreed to a deal? It depends on who you ask. Scott is under the impression that he agreed to a deal with the Lakers on Saturday night to become their next head coach, according to a league source close to him. But the Lakers maintain they are still negotiating and anticipate that reaching a deal could “take a couple of more days,” according to a Lakers official. Los Angeles Daily News

Speaking to reporters at Chicago's Dwyane Wade and Brandon Marshall Sports Academy, per Brandon Di Perno and Surya Fernandez of SB Nation, via Stephen Ronkowski of Windy City Gridiron, Wade was asked who his favorite opponent is to play against: "Well, it used to be Kobe Bryant...the second best all time...now, I have a new favorite player to play against...my former teammate, LeBron James." Bleacher Report

Davis said he also received serious interest from the Los Angeles Clippers, but he ultimately decided to don the purple and gold and sign with the other team that inhabits Staples Center. “I just wanted to find the perfect situation for this upcoming season and for the future,” Davis said. “I didn’t want to take a deal just because it was more money and it might look better – I really wanted to go somewhere that had a need for me and wanted me rather than just joining a team to fill out the roster. For me, it was really just waiting it out and seeing which team had the most interest and seeing where I could go to really help the team and get a chance to play. Basketball Insiders

The Lakers are getting closer to hiring their third head coach since Phil Jackson left their sidelines in 2011, engaging in negotiations with Byron Scott, according to a person 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. Los Angeles Times

"It could be a few hours, or it could happen next week," said the person, who asked not to be identified. Scott was believed to be vacationing in the Bahamas this week, meaning a news conference probably wouldn't be held until after the weekend if the sides struck a deal. Los Angeles Times

July 25, 2014 Updates

Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak was quite surprised the Lakers were awarded Carlos Boozer via the NBA's amnesty provision, acknowledging as much before Boozer was formally introduced on Friday at the team's practice facility. "Fortunately for us and unexpectedly for us, our bid was the highest," Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said. "Not for a second did we think he'd be available to us. Personally, I know he's going to have a great year this year, and at his age, there's no reason he can't play three, four or five more years. I think that's his expectation as well." NBA.com

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Xavier Henry, it was announced today by General Manager Mitch Kupchak. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not released. “Xavier earned a spot on our team last season after being a training camp invitee, and we hope he continues the dedication to improving he has displayed for us thus far,” said Kupchak. “When healthy, Xavier provided our team with an offensive punch, and we expect he’ll strive to add to his skillset and become a well-rounded player.” NBA.com

Mark Medina: Can confirm @Chris_Broussard report that Lakers offered Byron Scott the job. I'm told it's in "early stages" of negotiations. The hope is there for Byron to have a deal done soon. But not clear if that will be a day, few days or more Twitter @MarkG_Medina

 

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