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  • Scott, Lakers coaching deal still being negotiated

  • LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles 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.
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  • LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles 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.
    Scott, 53, has coached three different teams, most recently Cleveland in 2012-13. He won three championships with the Lakers in the 1980s, holding down the shooting-guard position for an important part of their decade-long run.
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