The Lakers continued to negotiate with Byron Scott to be their coach but had not reached an official agreement as of Saturday evening, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Lakers were quick to downplay an ESPN.com report that they had given Scott a four-year, $17-million deal with a team option for the fourth year.

"There is no done deal," said a person who requested anonymity because of the fluidity of the situation.

Regardless, Scott has been targeted as the preferred candidate to succeed Mike D'Antoni, who resigned April 30, starting a search that has approached almost three months.

If Scott eventually gets the job, he inherits a team that went 27-55 last season and finished 14th in the Western Conference. The roster currently has an odd blend of age (Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash) and youth (Julius Randle). Nash and Bryant totaled only 21 games last season because of injuries. Randle was the seventh overall pick in June's draft and, the team hopes, could be a future cornerstone.