Byron Scott, Lakers Deal Still Being Negotiated

Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

The Lakers continued to negotiate with Byron Scott to be their coach but had not reached an official agreement as of Saturday evening, according to a person familiar with the situation.

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.

Regardless, Scott has been targeted as the preferred candidate to succeed Mike D’Antoni, who resigned April 30, starting a search that has approached almost three months.

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