Friday , May , 08 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Byron Scott Expected to Remain Coach of Hornets

A source close to New Orleans Hornets Coach Coach Byron Scott said he will return next season to fulfill the final year of his contract, but whether he is offered an extension will be based on evaluations that occur throughout next season.

Until Wednesday, Scott has remained in limbo after Hornets owner George Shinn said he planned to meet with his brain trust to evaluate his performance after the team’s quick ouster in the playoffs.

If the Hornets had fired Scott, they would’ve remained on the hook for his $5.5 million salary next season on top of paying a new coach. With the team facing the prospect of having to pay a luxury-tax penalty because player payroll is expected to exceed $74 million in 2009-10, forking over about $9 million to fire and replace a coach likely wasn’t feasible or prudent.