Lakers fire coach Byron Scott

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The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Byron Scott.

The Lakers went 17-65 under Byron Scott this season. (Getty Images)
The Lakers went 17-65 under Byron Scott this season. (Getty Images)

Scott had two team options left on his contract, but the Lakers told Scott on Sunday that he won't be returning for a third season as head coach.

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The Lakers move into the coaching market after two prominent coaches who had interest in Los Angeles – Tom Thibodeau and Scott Brooks – accepted new jobs in recent days.

The Lakers did not dismiss Scott with his successor already in place, league sources said. General manager Mitch Kupchak and ownership will run a search.

Possible candidates to replace Scott could include Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie and San Antonio Spurs assistant Ettore Messina, league sources said.

Scott was 38-126 in two seasons, including a 17-65 record this season.

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