Scott still on job as Hornets coach

Updated: May 7, 2009, 3:22 PM ET
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Byron Scott will return next season as coach of the New Orleans Hornets, the team announced Thursday.

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Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty ImagesByron Scott has one year and $5.5 million remaining on his contract to coach the Hornets.

Team president Hugh Weber said the franchise was disappointed by its first-round exit from the playoffs but that the entire organization shares responsibility. Weber added that Scott has not expressed an interest in leaving and that any interest other teams may have in the coach is "not an issue."

Scott has one year remaining on his contract, but whether he will be offered an extension will depend on evaluations of his performance during the 2009-10 season, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported.

Scott's future with the Hornets had been in doubt after team owner George Shinn said he planned to evaluate Scott's performance after the team's playoff elimination. New Orleans was knocked out in five games by the Denver Nuggets, including an ugly 58-point loss at home in Game 4.

Scott is scheduled to make $5.5 million next season.

Scott was last season's NBA Coach of the Year after guiding New Orleans to a franchise-record 56 wins and the second round of the playoffs, falling to the San Antonio Spurs in seven games. The Hornets were hampered by injuries this season and finished 49-33, earning the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

Meanwhile, Hornets executive Chad Shinn, son of the owner, said the team also sees two-time All-Star David West as a key part of the team, saying it is "very unlikely" that West would be traded.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.