Byron Scott

*The worst kept secret in sports can now come out into the open.

Byron Scott and the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms and Scott is now the Lakers new head coach.

According to ESPN, the former point guard agreed to a four-year, $17 million contract with the team which will keep the option on the final year of the deal.

Scott, who once played for the Lakers alongside Kobe Bryant, confirmed the agreement to KCBS-TV on Saturday night.

“It feels fantastic,” he told KCBS-TV’s Jim Hill. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

Scott has been the front-runner for the job throughout most of the nearly three-month coaching search, which began when Mike D’Antoni resigned on April 30. His status as a three-time champion with the team during the Showtime era, his close relationship with Kobe Bryant and his familiarity with the current roster after having worked as an analyst all of last season for the Lakers television station, Time Warner Cable SportsNet, gave him the early edge.

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