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Byron Scott And Cleveland Cavaliers In 'Deep Discussions'

Ken Berger of CBS Sports.com writes that Byron Scott and the Cleveland Cavaliers aren't just talking, they're in "deep discussions."

The Cavaliers are in deep discussions with Byron Scott to be their next head coach, two people familiar with the matter confirmed to CBSSports.com. Barring any unexpected hitches in negotiation, the two-time Finals coach will take over for Mike Brown, who was fired after the Cavs' premature playoff exit.

Scott, the former coach of the Nets and Hornets, and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw went down to the wire as the two finalists to replace Brown. Shaw was "extremely impressive" in his interview, a person involved in the process said, but Scott's experience, defensive system and track record of coaching in two Finals were the deciding factors for the Cavs.

Cavs GM Chris Grant, owner Dan Gilbert and the basketball staff met late into Tuesday night after completing Shaw's interview and decided t to move forward with Scott -- no knock on Shaw, but rather a nod to the fact that Scott's resume had all the boxes checked that Cleveland was looking for, according to a person familiar with the decision.

Chris Broussard also tweets that the talks have moved to the "deep" stage and that an agreement could be forthcoming shortly.

Scott and Cavs deep in negotiations. Hope to have agreement finalized by end of the night.less than a minute ago via web

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