Former Lakers player Byron Scott, once thought as a potential successor to Phil Jackson as coach of the Lakers, is close to being named head coach in Cleveland, per Chris Broussard of ESPN:
The Cavaliers are in contract negotiations with Byron Scott. He will be the club’s next head coach.
Brian Windhorst of the Cleveland Plain Dealer has reported that a deal is close but nothing is imminent:
After a series of meetings today the #Cavs have started contract talks with Byron Scott. No deal is done yet but sides moving that way.
Scott, who played with the Lakers for 11 seasons, coached the Nets to the NBA Finals in both 2002 and 2003, and coached the Hornets for over five seasons. He is 352-355 in his NBA coaching career.
Lakers assistant Brian Shaw was also in the running for the Cavaliers vacant coaching position, but is no longer in the running, per Sam Amick of AOL Fanhouse:
Brian Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley, tells FanHouse that he withdrew his name from consideration this afternoon