Los Angeles Lakers Rumors: Former OKC Thunder Coach Scott Brooks to Replace Byron Scott?

The Los Angeles Lakers could hire Scott Brooks to replace Byron Scott this summer. [Photo: Flickr / Keith Allison / CC]
The Los Angeles Lakers could hire Scott Brooks to replace Byron Scott this summer. [Photo: Flickr / Keith Allison / CC]
Recent Los Angeles Lakers rumors indicated that former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks could replace Byron Scott in the offseason.

Basketball Insiders indicated that Brooks could eventually take over in Los Angeles if the Lakers decide to part ways with Scott after another disappointing run this season.

The Lakers failed to advance to the postseason for third consecutive season, fueling speculation their top team officials will make drastic changes this season. Scott could be the first one to go after posting a measly 38-126 record in his first two seasons as Lakers head coach.

According to Hoops Habit, there is no imminent deal between Brooks and the Lakers but the former Thunder coach is tipped as the best candidate for the job because of the team’s young core of D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle. The Lakers are also set to get one of the top rookies in the 2016 NBA Draft.

However, Scott told reporters in a recent interview that he thinks he will still be the coach of the Lakers next season. The veteran coach has one left year in his deal and there is no indication he will get an extension soon, but he is still confident he will keep his job at least for next season.

“There’s going to come a time where we’re going to talk, I do understand that, and I do understand this business,” Scott said via ESPN. “As I told you from day one, and it’s still to this day, this is my dream job. This is my dream job, and obviously, you want the opportunity to turn it all around, and you hope you get that.”

Scott, who won three NBA titles as a Laker during his playing career, was on the hot seat all-season long for his rotation and public criticism of their young stars, particularly Russell, who had a slow start in his rookie year before showing a glimpse of bright future late in the season.

Should the Los Angeles Lakers fire Byron Scott and hire Scott Brooks?