Head coach Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets on November 13, 2012 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

Head coach Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the first half against the Brooklyn Nets on November 13, 2012 at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York City

*The Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head-coaching job to one of its former standout players, Byron Scott, ESPN.com is reporting, citing league sources.

Per ESPN:

The two sides are now in negotiations on a contract.

The Lakers made Scott a verbal offer on Thursday after Scott spoke with owner Jim Buss. Scott and his representatives are reviewing the Lakers’ offer.

Scott, a former Lakers star who won three titles playing next to Magic Johnson, has long been the front-runner for the job.

The Lakers have been without a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned at the end of April. Scott interviewed for the job three times, but the organization prioritized the draft and free agency over hiring a coach.

Scott received a key endorsement from Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996 and has maintained a close relationship with him since.