Report: Scott, Cavs near deal

Published 1:44 am Thursday, July 1, 2010

CLEVELAND — On the eve of LeBron James’ exalted entrance into free agency, the Cleveland Cavaliers gave him something else to consider.

They may finally have their coach.

In an unexpected turn of events, the team is in “serious talks” with former New Orleans coach Byron Scott, a person familiar with Cleveland’s dramatic and drawn-out search told The Associated Press. Scott, who was presumed to have fallen behind Lakers assistant Brian Shaw on the Cavs’ list, could be named their coach by Thursday.

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After completing interviews with several candidates including Shaw, the Cavaliers decided to “move in the Scott direction,” said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Wednesday night because the process is supposed to remain confidential.

The person said Cleveland has not yet offered Scott the job, “but is moving toward an agreement with him.”

“Nothing is done or finalized,” the person said. “It’s still coming together.”