Byron Scott’s third interview with Los Angeles Lakers ends without offer

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers returned back toward continuing their coaching search Wednesday after putting it on a brief hiatus amid the NBA draft and free agency. But the Lakers still did not provide clarity on who they will hire. Byron Scott’s 3 1/2-hour interview Wednesday with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss involved plenty of detail surrounding the team’s assembled roster since free agency began over two weeks ago. But the meeting at an undisclosed location ended without an offer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.The Lakers indicated they still planned to fill out the rest of the roster, agreeing to a two-year deal with free-agent forward Ed Davis worth $2 million, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Davis, who reportedly has an option for his second season, will likely play behind rookie forward Julius Randle after averaging 6.9 points and 5.9 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per game with Toronto (2010-12) and Memphis (2012-14).The rest of the Lakers’ roster includes Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, Randle, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Jordan Hill, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Clarkson. But the Lakers did not indicate how long that process would take or if Scott would need to come in for what would mark his fourth interview, said a league source. “I thought, ‘Maybe I might end up being somewhere else,” Young told this newspaper this week at Lure Nightclub, which hosted an ESPN-sponsored red-carpet event commemorating its recent Body issue. “I knew if Melo signed here, I would pretty much have to go somewhere else.”Before Young could become too giddy about staying in his hometown, he received an important phone call from Bryant. “He was telling me to get in the gym and work hard,” Young recalled. “They’re already counting us out.”The Lakers are not just coming off a 27-55 record last season, the team’s worst in L.A. franchise history. The Lakers lost in the LeBron James and Anthony sweepstakes. Pau Gasol, who guided the Lakers to two NBA titles in his 6 1/2 seasons here, left for Chicago. “We’ll be fine; they got me,” Young said. “We’re a playoff team. Don’t count us out.”Whether the Lakers live up to Young’s bold prediction largely depends on Bryant’s health and play. Also, can Young duplicate last season’s team-leading 17.9 points on 43.5-percent shooting? How will Young handle Bryant’s infamous death stares?“Oh, man,” Young said, smiling. “I can handle them though. A lot of them can’t handle Kobe’s looks.”Safe to say those interactions will continue, with Bryant’s early offseason phone call setting the tone.“Kobe puts more pressure on me,” said Young, who likely play at backup small forward. “Ever since he gave me that phone call, I’ve been in the gym every day.”center_img The Lakers expect to make their hire within the next one or two weeks. But a league source familiar with the team’s thought process also added that the hiring “could happen within a couple of days.” The Lakers have also interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis and Alvin Gentry, but Dunleavy remains the lone candidate already interviewed without a job. Hollins accepted the Brooklyn Nets job after Jason Kidd hastily left for the Milwaukee Bucks. Gentry and Rambis took assistant coaching gigs with Golden State and New York, respectively. Veteran NBA coach George Karl also talked informally with Kupchak, but he has not had a formal interview.Scott has been considered the favorite since the Lakers coaching search started after Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is believed to be the only candidate who has had multiple interviews. Bryant recently voiced his approval. Scott also appears to be favored among the Lakers’ fan base considering his experience playing for the Lakers during the Showtime Era.Tough loveA sense of joy and relief filled Young’s emotions as he processed the Lakers’ securing him to a four-year, $21.5 million deal.The joy entailed basking in relative riches after his gamble to opt out of his $1.2 million player option paid off in securing a longer and more lucrative contract with the Lakers. The relief reflected Young’s uncertainty on whether the Lakers would keep him amid their hope to maintain financial flexibility and their continuous pursuit of Carmelo Anthony.last_img

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