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.
The Lakers climbed over the
NBA's salary cap by signing Young, along with Ryan Kelly on a two-year contract. Jordan Hill will also be back, on a two-year deal, with the second season at the Lakers' option.
The team also inked
power forward/center Ed Davis and guard/forward Xavier Henry, increasing the roster to 11 players.
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. Negotiations are likely to result in Scott taking the job, but as of Sunday night, an agreement was not yet official.
Unlike D'Antoni, Scott, if he is hired, won't be hated by the fans
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.
The Lakers should be better than they were a year ago -- it would be difficult to be worse than the squad that won just 27 games -- but the
roster hasn't gotten much of a boost this offseason.
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
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