There has not been a formal contract offer, but the Lakers consider Scott to be their preferred candidate and are hoping to come to an agreement soon.
"It could be a few hours or it could happen next week," said the person, who asked not to be identified.
Scott was believed to be vacationing in the Bahamas, meaning a news conference probably wouldn't be held until after the weekend if the sides struck a deal.
Scott has coached three teams, most recently Cleveland in 2012-13, where he was fired and replaced by former Lakers Coach
Scott, 53, has a tight relationship with
Bryant gave Scott a thumbs-up for the job earlier this month, calling his former teammate a "rookie mentor" who made Bryant fetch donuts and run other errands as a young player.
"We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years," Bryant said. "So obviously I know him extremely well, he knows me extremely well and I've always been a fan of his."
The Lakers have been without a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30, accepting a payout of about half the $4 million he was owed next season.
They have been running out of options as their search has played out. They sat down with five candidates, but three of them took other jobs —
The most success Scott encountered as a coach came in his first stop, New Jersey, where he led the
He was fired 42 games into the 2003-04 season as his relationship with Nets guard
Scott then coached three years with the
As a player, Scott won three championships with the Lakers while playing for them from 1983 until 1993. He came back for one more season, 1996-97, finishing his 14-year career after that point.