*Just as LeBron James officially becomes a free agent today and no longer employed by the Cleveland Cavaliers, former NBA star Byron Scott will reportedly join the organization as its head coach.
Scott’s agent, Brian McInerney, said in an e-mail to The Associated Press that he and the Cavs are working through some final details, but doesn’t expect any problems and that Scott has agreed to become Cleveland’s next coach.
The team is expected to announce Scott’s hiring later today, just as James listens to offers from the New Jersey Nets and New York Knicks.
Scott, who previously coached in New Jersey and New Orleans, may not know for some time if he’ll have James on his roster. But after working as a TV analyst, the 49-year-old has decided it’s time to get back to doing what he loves most.
The Cavs have been searching for a coach since Mike Brown was fired May 24, ending a five-year run with the club. Brown guided James and his teammates through the most successful run in franchise history, but fell short of winning a championship.