Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers will reunite, as the man who took them to the playoffs in five consecutive seasons is expected to be announced as the team's next head coach, according to the team's official website.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal broke news of an agreement between the two sides on Tuesday:
Jason Lloyd @JasonLloydNBA
#Cavs and Mike Brown have reached handshake agreement on deal, league source tells Akron Beacon Journal. Official announcement expected tmrw2013-4-23 19:07:32
Sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports what the contract would look like:
Adrian Wojnarowski @WojVerticalNBA
Cavs, Mike Brown five-year deal will be worth $20 million-plus, sources tell Y! Sports.2013-4-23 19:49:45
A disastrous stint as head coach of the new-and-improved Los Angeles Lakers resulted in Brown getting fired just five games into the 2012-13 season after a 1-4 start. In Brown's first season at the helm, L.A. bowed out in the Western Conference semifinals after finishing the lockout-shortened campaign with a 41-25 record.
Brown's best season on the sidelines came in 2008-09, when he guided the Cavs to a 66-16 record and won the NBA Coach of the Year award.
The News-Herald's Bob Finnan reported Monday that the team had a "fixation" on Brown, whom they reached out to, along with his predecessor in Los Angeles, Phil Jackson.
The main asset that Brown had at his disposal in Cleveland that his recently fired successor Byron Scott did not was the otherworldly talent and skill of superstar LeBron James.
Having said that, the Cavs did not even sniff playoff contention in three years under Scott, and won just 24 games this past season. Apparently, that was enough to signal a change in direction.
Offense is not Brown's strong suit, but he does have an extremely promising backcourt in Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters, both of whom can create their own shots. Another potential scorer could come in the 2013 NBA draft lottery, too.
Cleveland allowed over 101 points per game this past season, so bringing in Brown to shore up the team's defense makes a lot of sense.
Without James to lean on, though, it will be interesting to see if Brown can thrive in his second go-around with the franchise.