In a somewhat stunning move, Matt Steinmetz and Adrian Wojnarowski are reporting that the Los Angeles Lakers will hire Mike Brown to be their new head coach -- filling the vacancy left behind by Phil Jackson.
Initially, Steinmetz of CSN Bay Area reported that Brown had pulled himself out of contention for the Golden State Warriors head coaching job because he was going to be brought in by Los Angeles. Then, shortly thereafter, Wojnarowski tweeted that the Lakers and Brown would likely iron out the details of what is expected to be a four-year deal worth more than $4 million per year by some point on Wednesday.
Brown experienced five moderately successful years with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being fired in 2010. During his time with Cleveland he went 272-138, won 50+ games in four out of five seasons, made it to the NBA Finals in 2006-07 and was named Coach of the Year in 2009.
We’ll have more details and analysis of this move on Opposing Views as news continues to break.
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Update: According to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
"The Lakers have put together a deal to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as their new coach, an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said late Tuesday.
"If Brown agrees to the deal, he'll sign a contract worth between $4 million and $4.5 million per season, the official said. Brown would sign for three years, with a team option on the fourth season that would give him partial pay if he was not retained."