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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.

League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night.

Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.

Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.

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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Even though he’ll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. “I think that’s been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever.”

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team’s point guard position.

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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.

This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.

His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.

Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.

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Jeremy Lin Putting ‘Linsanity’ Behind Him

NBA via New York Knicks(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) — Even though he’ll always be associated with Linsanity, new Los Angeles Lakers point guard Jeremy Lin is moving on from what made him one of the most recognized basketball players in the world.

“I’m not trying to relive that banner season,” Lin said during his introductory news conference with the Lakers on Thursday. “I think that’s been a big weight off my shoulders and I think that’s very important for me as a player. I’m not trying to recreate a Linsanity. I’m not trying to be that phenomenon that happened in New York. I think I just want to be myself more than ever.”

In his lone season with the New York Knicks from 2011-2012, Lin set the basketball world on fire as he consistently put up big numbers on a nightly basis. Lin was never a highly-touted prospect, and was recalled from the D-League, so his success took many by surprise.

Lin spent the past two seasons with the Houston Rockets and averaged 13.0 points during that time. Even though he may never match his production during the height of Linsanity, the Lakers traded for him in hopes of stabilizing the team’s point guard position.

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Athletics Designate Closer Jim Johnson for Assignment

Sarah Glenn/Getty Images(OAKLAND, Calif.) — The Jim Johnson experiment is over in Oakland as the Athletics have designated the former All-Star for assignment.

Johnson was the team’s big offseason addition this past offseason in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.

Johnson, who was paid $10 million this season, had been one of the best closers in baseball the past two seasons. He saved 101 games from 2012-2013 in Baltimore.

This season was entirely different for the 31-year-old Johnson. In 38 games with the Athletics, Johnson was 4-2 with a 7.14 ERA and a WHIP of 2.06.

His last appearance with the team came on Wednesday when he gave up four earned runs without recording an out. His allowed eight earned runs total his last three appearances in just 2.0 innings of work.

Despite the struggles of Johnson, the Athletics are one of the best teams in all of baseball. At 63-38, they hold the best record in baseball.

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Chandler Parsons and James Harden Exchange Words

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Houston Rockets and Dallas Mavericks may have a rivalry brewing between then after Rockets guard James Harden said the team will be just fine without forward Chandler Parsons, who’s heading to the Mavericks.

“Dwight [Howard] and I are the cornerstones of the Rockets,” Harden told The Philippine Star. “The rest of the guys are role players or pieces that complete our team. We’ve lost some pieces and added some pieces.”

“I think we’ll be fine next season,” he added.

Parsons spent the first three seasons of his career with the Rockets and was one of the team’s best players. Still, he wound up signing a three-year, $46 million contract with the Mavericks that the Rockets decided not to match.

In responding to Harden’s comments, Parsons proclaimed that Harden’s attitude was one of the reasons why he left the team, adding that he wants to be considered an important member of a winning team.

This past season, Parsons averaged 16.6 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

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Mavericks Sign Jameer Nelson

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(DALLAS) — The Dallas Mavericks signed Jameer Nelson Thursday.

ESPN’s Marc Stein reports it’s a two-year deal with a player option to return to free agency next summer.

The 32-year-old Nelson was selected with the 20th overall pick in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Denver Nuggets, but his draft rights were traded to the Orlando Magic, where he spent his entire 10 year career.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Nelson was waived by Orlando on June 30. The Magic will still pay Nelson $2 million this season, money due to Nelson from the final year of his contract with Orlando.

For his career, Nelson has averaged 12.6 points, 5.4 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game.

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Lars Eller Agrees to 4-Year Contract with Canadiens

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(MONTREAL) — Center Lars Eller agreed to a four-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens Thursday that keeps him in Montreal through the 2017-18 season.

ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun reports the deal is worth an average of $3.5 million a year.

“We are very pleased to have agreed upon a long term agreement with Lars Eller. He is an important part of our group of young veterans. He has a tremendous work ethic and a great attitude. He is the type of player you can rely on for his play at both ends of the rink,” Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said. “Lars can play big minutes against the opponents’ top players and still be an offensive threat. We are confident he will reach his full potential and become an impact player who will compete at a high level for many years to come.”

The 25-year-old Eller was the 13th overall pick of the 2007 NHL Draft by the St. Louis Blues.

Eller has played the last four seasons in Montreal, scoring 43 goals while tallying 101 points.

The deal cancels Eller’s salary arbitration hearing that was scheduled for Friday.

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