Mike Brown, who guided the Cleveland Cavaliers to the playoffs in all five seasons he coached them from 2005 through 2010, has agreed in principle to a contract to return as their coach for a second time, a source told The Associated Press.
CLEVELAND — Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers are getting back together.
Brown, who guided the Cavaliers to the playoffs in all five seasons he coached them from 2005 through 2010, has agreed in principle to a contract to return as their coach for a second time, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Brown hasn’t yet signed his new deal, but has agreed to take the job, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity because negotiations were ongoing.
According to various media reports, Brown’s five-year contract will be worth $20 million, with the team holding an option on the fifth year.
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“I’m happy for him,” said Miami’s LeBron James, who played in Cleveland under Brown. “Very happy for him. I think he’s a really good coach, very defensive-minded coach. It’ll be good for those young guys that they have.”
Brown, 43, went 272-138 with the Cavaliers, teaming with James on a run to the NBA Finals in 2007. Brown spent one full season with the Lakers and was fired by Los Angeles five games into this season.
Cleveland has been without a coach since Byron Scott was fired last week with a year left on his deal.
Dunlap is fired
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mike Dunlap is one-and-done with the Charlotte Bobcats.
The Bobcats fired the 55-year-old coach after one season; he was 21-61.
Rod Higgins, president of basketball operations, said he and general manager Rich Cho met with players and Dunlap before approaching Bobcats owner Michael Jordan and asking him to make a coaching change.
“The change was allowed,” Higgins said.
Dunlap struggled at times with game management and handling players, often benching veterans for weeks at a time after they had irritated him in some way.
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