The Lakers finally appear to have landed a coach in Byron Scott, although the team is saying that nothing is official yet.
The franchise had a busy week, inking the majority its free-agent signings, starting with Nick Young on a four-year deal.
Jordan Hill will also be back, on a two-year deal, with the second season at the Lakers' option.
Most of the deals that were signed this past week had already been agreed to; the contracts were formalities. The big news was the Lakers finally appear to have found a replacement for Mike D'Antoni, who resigned as coach in late April.
Unlike D'Antoni, Scott, if he is hired, won't be hated by the fans upon arrival.
Meanwhile, the Lakers introduced Jeremy Lin, who said he doesn't expect a repeat of "Linsanity" in Los Angeles -- acknowledging there's a lot of work ahead for both the Lakers and himself.
Carlos Boozer also spoke to reporters, saying clearly that he "absolutely" expects to start for the Lakers.
After years of paying luxury taxes, the Lakers are unlikely to do it for the 2014-15 season.
The return of Kobe Bryant from injury does give the Lakers some hope. Bryant looked healthy in a charity softball game, hitting a lefty home run.
Finally, former Lakers defensive stand-out Michael Cooper was diagnosed with tongue cancer.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times