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.
If Scott eventually gets the job, he inherits a team that went 27-55 last season and finished 14th in the Western Conference. The roster currently has an odd blend of age (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash) and youth (Julius Randle). Nash and Bryant totaled only 21 games last season because of injuries. Randle was the seventh overall pick in June's draft and, the team hopes, could be a future cornerstone.
The Lakers also have added point guard Jeremy Lin in a salary-dump trade with Houston and acquired power forward Carlos Boozer, waived by Chicago via the amnesty provision.
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.