It didn’t cross my mind until Feb. 13, when the Cavaliers fell by one point to the San Antonio Spurs, that this might be the end for coach Byron Scott.

Then the Cavs went 7-5 in February and I dismissed the thought.

Since then, the Cavs are 4-19. Barely two months later, Scott’s firing seems inevitable after the season ends Wednesday night at Charlotte.

In recent days, I waffled over whether letting Scott go is the right decision. I respect Scott from his playing days with the Los Angeles Lakers and admire his professionalism. Even in the face of questions about his future recently, Scott did not chide media members for their “league sources,” like former Browns coach Pat Shurmur did on his way out.

Scott did give the media pause after the final home game Monday night when he said, “I am going to be back to coach ’em next year.” Asked if he’d been told that, Scott said, “I’ve got a year left on my contract, that’s how I figure it. Unless I’m told differently, that’s the way I approach it.”

But more than anything as I wavered over Scott’s future, I wondered if Cavs owner Dan Gilbert can find someone better, especially with eight to 10 coaching openings expected.

Gilbert has already learned that sending the corporate jet to pick up a college coach like Michigan State’s Tom Izzo, as he did before hiring Scott, is not a viable option. The list of up-and-coming NBA assistants isn’t scintillating, although there are some who deserve a chance. Retreads like Stan and Jeff Van Gundy don’t inspire me.

But the way the Cavs are finishing the season, I’ve accepted the fact that Gilbert has no choice. In losing 15 of their last 17, the Cavs have regressed. They fell to the Heat 96-95 Monday on Fan Appreciation Night at Quicken Loans Arena even though the visitors rested LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Mario Chalmers.

“After February I think all of us thought things were starting to turn the corner,” Scott said before the game. “Guys are starting to understand what it takes, then ‘boom,’ you kind of get hit in the face again. You’ve just got to keep picking yourself back up, you’ve got to keep fighting.

“There’s probably four games in March we just gave away. That probably hurt more than anything.”