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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

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

Patrick Beilein is leaving West Virginia Wesleyan to take a job on coach Quin Snyder's staff with the Utah Jazz, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Beilein, the son of Michigan coach John Beilein, will work under Snyder in a player development and video coordinator role. Snyder plans to utilize Beilein's strengths as a shooting instructor with a young, developing roster. Yahoo! Sports

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

July 24, 2014 Updates

In an interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Scott revealed what he liked about Lin: I like Jeremy, I really do. I think he’s a kid that plays the right way [and] plays extremely hard. He seems to always be in attack mode offensively. [He] pushes the ball up the floor as well as anybody in the league. Defensively – the thing that I thought was going to his biggest downfall – was something that I thought he really competed at the times I coached against him. Lakers Nation

Lin definitely brings some positives to the Lakers as he has proven that he can handle bright lights and perform under pressure. After a couple of underwhelming years in Houston, Scott believes that Lin will be looking to prove people wrong in Los Angeles: He’s, I think, looking to kind of re-establish himself because of the injuries that he had last year in Houston and [he] kind of lost his way and lost his job there, and I think he’s going to [come to L.A.] with a little chip on his shoulder, so I thought it was a good move. Lakers Nation

Amid all the unanswered questions who the Lakers will hire as their next head coach and when, two team sources strongly disputed that any delay stems from waiting out to see if Clippers coach Doc Rivers will become available because of embattled owner Donald Sterling prolonging a costly litigation battle. ESPN’s Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose each brought up that prospective theory on why the Lakers have gone three months without hiring a coach since Mike D’Antoni’s resignation on April 30. Clippers interim Chief executive Dick Parsons also testified in court Tuesday that Rivers does not want to continue to coach if Sterling still owns the team next season. Los Angeles Daily News

July 23, 2014 Updates

Nets Daily: #Nets hired new assistant trainer, Lloyd Beckett, a PhD in Physical Therapy. Last job with Marine Special Ops. linkedin.com/pub/lloyd-beck… Twitter @NetsDaily

July 22, 2014 Updates

But the former Brooklyn Net and NBA veteran is hardly idle these days, and told the Daily News that he is “looking to coach and get on the other side of it.” Stackhouse said he has emailed new Nets coach Lionel Hollins -- who was hired after Jason Kidd’s abrupt departure and subsequent hiring in Milwaukee -- but Stackhouse also acknowledged that he is likely part of “a long list” of people and coaches looking for a spot on Hollins’ staff. There has been speculation that Stackhouse could land in Wisconsin with Kidd, too. “Probably not with Brooklyn,” Stackhouse said of his future job prospects. “I like Lionel Hollins, and I like Jason Kidd, too. That came about really quickly. But sometimes you need a change of scenery.” New York Daily News

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