Byron Scott

Byron Scott is returning to the Los Angeles Lakers as their next head coach.

According to, the 53-year-old coach has agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract with the Lakers, who hold a team option on the final year of the deal.

Scott confirmed the agreement to KCBS-TV on Saturday night (July 26): “It feels fantastic. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

Reports say Scott has been the front-runner for the job throughout the nearly three-month coaching search, following Mike D’Antoni’s resignation on April 30.

The Lakers had contacted five coaches besides Scott about the position — Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and ESPN NBA analyst George Karl.