Multiple sourced reports are circulating on Tuesday which state that the Cleveland Cavaliers are expected to part ways with head coach Byron Scott following the conclusion of the 2012-12 NBA season.
Joe Kotoch of Pro Basketball Draft tweeted late Monday that the erosion of the second half of the Cavaliers’ season will lead to the end of Scott’s tenure with the team despite having one more year on his contract.
Expect Byron Scott to be fired shortly after regular season conclusion based on conversations w/ several Cavs sources.
— Probasketballdraft (@Probballdraft) April 16, 2013
This is corroborated by a report which was published later in the evening in by NBA analyst Sam Amico which stated, while the Cavaliers would not comment, Scott is about to be fired.
Scott is en route to his third-consecutive lottery-bound season. While injuries and youth have played a role, the Cavaliers hae seemingly regressed since the month of February when they were .500. Shoddy defense and several losses that included 20–point leads have resulted in heavy scrutiny being placed on the head coach. Following Monday night’s loss to the Miami Heat, Scott said that he is operating under the premise that he will be back for the 2013-14 season.
“I am going to be back to coach them next year,” said Scott. “I’ve got a year left on my contract, that’s how I figure it, unless I’m told differently. But that’s the way I approach that.”
When asked how he felt, All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving gave Scott his vote.
“Absolutely,” Irving said. “I do want coach Scott back.”
If Scott were to be fired, Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers would have to find a replacement amidst several other vacancies that are expected to be among the coaching ranks in the NBA.