INDEPENDENCE – In a sudden twist of events, the Cavaliers were Wednesday night on the verge of hiring Byron Scott as their next head coach.
A source confirmed the Cavaliers were hammering out contract details with Scott and agent Brian McInerney. An official announcement could come at any time, but will most likely occur on Thursday.
The same source said the team never offered the job to Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, who on Tuesday appeared to be on the verge of succeeding Mike Brown in Cleveland.
Scott, 49, has coached 10 seasons in the NBA with New Jersey and New Orleans, compiling a 352-355 record in the regular season (.498) and a 32-24 mark in the playoffs (.579).
Scott led the Nets to the NBA Finals in 2001-02 and 2002-03.
Scott also played 14 NBA seasons, compiling a 14.1 career scoring average and winning three titles with the Los Angeles Lakers.