Posted June 22, 2013

Report: Clippers have ‘intensified discussions’ with coach Byron Scott

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Chris Paul and Byron Scott could reunite in Los Angeles, as the Clippers have discussed terms to make Scott their coach.(Nathaniel S. Butler/Getty Images)

After talks with Boston Celtics coach Doc Rivers broke down on Friday, the Los Angeles Clippers have “intensified discussions” with head coaching candidate Byron Scott, ESPN’s Chris Broussard is reporting.

Clippers president Andy Roeser has discussed financial terms with Scott’s representatives, which the team has not done with Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins, another candidate for the job along with Pacers assistant Brian Shaw.

The Clippers have not reached out to Shaw since discussions with Rivers ended on Friday, but do have an idea of his asking price, according to the report.

The team plans to revisit talks with Rivers one more time before making front office members make their recommendations on Monday.

From the report:

Sources told ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne the Clippers still intend to revisit the Rivers talks one more time, but are using the weekend to make sure they can quickly move on to one of the other three candidates — Scott, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw — should the talks with Boston go nowhere.

Roeser and other members of the front office are expected to present their recommendations for the head coach to Sterling on Monday, with a resolution expected soon thereafter, and possibly the same day.

The Celtics are scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss the future of Rivers on Monday. The news conference originally was scheduled for Friday but was postponed.

Scott is close with free-agent Clippers star Chris Paul, who he coached in New Orleans. The 52-year-old was fired by the Cavaliers after three straight seasons with less than 25 wins.

Scott owns a 416-521 (.444) career record with the Nets, Hornets and Cavs. He led the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and ’03 and the Hornets to the second round in 2008.


14 comments
BenGhazi
BenGhazi

Many in Cleveland were shocked when Byron Scott was let go. Simply a classy guy who appeared to handle a very young team quite well. Hope he gets this job closer to his home.

6marK6
6marK6

Scott is actually a pretty good coach, look at some of the teams he has coached. Moreover, Paul likes him. Talent on the roster is the #1 factor on wins and losses, not Xs and Os.

HB1023
HB1023

Why would any team consider hiring a coach with such a crap record? This guy is not a winner. A proven loser.

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obrien871

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R.R.
R.R.

Well,   we in Los Angeles can kiss a winning team good bye,   if Byron Scott is at the helm......back to being a under 500 team,   it was good while it lasted,  we are back in the lottery again.

6marK6
6marK6

@HB1023 He took the Nets to the Finals, twice. The Nets!!

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@BrosephVanSlyke What should these teams do?   Keep the same coaches forever regardless of results?   Not hire any coach?   Just how do you suggest this carousel can be improved?

BrosephVanSlyke
BrosephVanSlyke

@JoeCabot @BrosephVanSlyke All they do is recycle the same bums. Skiles, Del Negro, Avery Johnson, Byron Scott, Maurice Cheeks. How about the teams try to hire someone besides a former point guard that has shown to be nothing but mediocre?

HB1023
HB1023

@JoeCabot @BrosephVanSlyke Steal them from the college ranks, I guess. Byron Scott has proven that he's not a winner. Plain and simple. He is not the answer just because him and CP3 are boys.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@BrosephVanSlyke And in your coaching search, who would you suggest that these teams hire?  You must have some can't-miss candidate in mind.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@BrosephVanSlyke So who is the next Thibodeau or Spoelstra?  Easy to say that these team should find the next one, but a bunch of assistants have been hired and not been successes.  Since you seem to know the answer, why not name the next assistant-turned-head-coaching success?