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Lakers Hire Byron Scott as Head Coach: Report

The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly hired Byron Scott as the team's new head coach.

ESPN.com reported Saturday that the two sides have agreed to terms on a four-year, $17 million contract.

Scott won three titles as a Lakers player during the team's "Showtime" era with Magic Johnson. He played in the NBA for 14 seasons, most with the Lakers.

ESPN reported that the Lakers verbally offered Scott the job Thursday.

Scott was previously head coach of the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He led the Nets to the NBA Finals in back-to- back seasons. He was named NBA coach of the year in 2008 with the Hornets.

Scott has the endorsement of Lakers star Kobe Bryant. The two were teammates in 1996 during Bryant's rookie season.

NBC4 has reached out to the Lakers for comment.

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