Clippers intensify talks with Byron Scott

June, 22, 2013
6/22/13
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The Los Angeles Clippers have intensified discussions with Byron Scott about their head coaching position, according to league sources.

Clippers president Andy Roeser has broached financial parameters of a potential contract with Scott's representatives, sources said. After talks with the Boston Celtics regarding Doc Rivers broke down again Friday, Roeser reached out to Scott's camp.

It is not clear whether the Clippers' recent contact with Scott means he is the front-runner among the non-Rivers candidates, a source said.

Sources told ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne the Clippers still intend to revisit the Rivers talks one more time, but are using the weekend to make sure they can quickly move on to one of the other three candidates -- Scott, Lionel Hollins and Brian Shaw -- should the talks with Boston go nowhere.

Each candidate has met with Clippers management and team owner Donald Sterling.

The Clippers have not "talked numbers" with Hollins, and they have not reached out to Shaw's camp since discussions with Boston ended Friday, according to sources. The Clippers do, however, have an understanding of what Shaw is asking for money-wise should he be offered the job.

Roeser and other members of the front office are expected to present their recommendations for the head coach to Sterling on Monday, with a resolution expected soon thereafter, and possibly the same day.

The Celtics are scheduled to hold a news conference to discuss the future of Rivers on Monday. The news conference originally was scheduled for Friday but was postponed.

While superstar free agent Chris Paul has pushed for the Clippers to hire Rivers, he is also close to Scott, whom he played for in New Orleans. Scott and Paul golfed and dined together recently.

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