The Los Angeles Lakers spoke to 11-time NBA champion coach Phil Jackson on Saturday about returning for a third stint on their bench.
The Lakers confirmed on their website that Jackson discussed the job with owner Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak. They'll meet again early next week.
The Los Angeles Times reported that one person in the organization called it a "95 percent" chance Jackson will return. ESPN.com quoted a source as saying, "It's Phil's job to turn down."
Jackson left the Lakers after the 2010-11 season, and Kobe Bryant said he wanted a chance at redemption on Jackson's behalf.
"The one thing that's kind of always bothered me is that in his last year I wasn't able to give him my normal self," Bryant said Friday night. "I was playing on one leg."
Los Angeles fired coach Mike Brown on Friday after a 1-4 start.
Rockets 96, Pistons 82: James Harden scored 20 points, and host Houston beat winless Detroit in the Rockets' first game without coach Kevin McHale.
The team announced earlier Saturday that McHale was taking an immediate leave of absence to deal with a family matter in Minnesota. Assistant coach Kelvin Sampson will be in charge while McHale is out.
Jazz 94. Suns 81: Al Jefferson had 27 points and 14 rebounds, and host Utah built a 22-point lead and held on to beat Phoenix.
Spurs 112, Blazers 109: Gary Neal had 27 points, and Manu Ginobili hit two big free throws in the final seconds for San Antonio.
Bulls 87, Timberwolves 80: Nate Robinson scored 18 points, and host Chicago ended Minnesota's three-game winning streak. Robinson replaced Kirk Hinrich, who left the game with a right hip strain in the second quarter.
Celtics 96, Bucks 92: Paul Pierce scored 25 points as Boston rallied to beat host Milwaukee. Monta Ellis led the Bucks with 32 points.
Bobcats 101, Mavericks 97: Rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had a career-high 25 points and 12 rebounds to help host Charlotte snap a 16-game losing streak against Dallas.
76ers 93, Raptors 83: Thaddeus Young, Jrue Holiday and Nick Young scored 16 points apiece for Philadelphia, which has won three straight road games for the first time since February 2003.
Pacers 89, Wizards 85: Paul George scored 20 points as Indiana halted a three-game slide.