Byron Scott ‘absolutely’ expects to remain Lakers coach
Lakers head coach Byron Scott told reporters Friday he feels secure about his job status next season.
Scott has one guaranteed year left on his deal with the team, and said he “absolutely” feels good following a 17–65 season, ESPN reports.
He added he has not yet met with team brass about next season and that he has not been promised anything.
“He’s under contract, and if anything changes, we'll be the first to let you know,” Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak told reporters regarding Scott. “Everybody gets reviewed. I’m sure over the last 16 years, behind closed doors, people were talking about me and reviewing me as well. Anything is possible. Right now, all I anticipate is some informal meetings and then moving forward from there.”
The Lakers have missed the playoffs three straight seasons, the longest run in the history of the team. With Kobe Bryant now retired and the franchise having struggled to attract free agents in recent seasons, it will be a particularly crucial off-season for L.A., who hold the second-best odds for the No. 1 pick in the upcoming draft.