NBA coach of the year Byron Scott and the New Orleans Hornets agreed in principle to a contract extension today.
Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman confirmed the deal but said he could not disclose the terms of the agreement.
Scott said shortly after the Hornets were eliminated by San Antonio in the second round of the NBA playoffs that he believed the Hornets -- led by point guard Chris Paul -- were a team on the rise and that he did not expect to go elsewhere as long as he received a fair offer.
The coach also accompanied Hornets general manager Jeff Bower to Orlando this week to watch prospects participate in pre-draft workouts.
Scott said he hoped to get a raise from his current $3.5 million annual salary to a figure closer to what the "top five or six" coaches in the league earn. The highest paid coach in the NBA is the Los Angeles Lakers' Phil Jackson, who's paid about $10.3 million. Golden State's Don Nelson and the New York Knicks' Mike D'Antoni, who both get around $6 million, are next in the pay scale.
When Scott took over as coach following the 2003-04 season, he was the Hornets' third coach in three seasons.