CLEVELAND -- Indiana Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown was
offered and accepted Cleveland's head coaching job on Monday.
ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reports that Brown and the Cavaliers have agreed in principle to a four-year deal worth approximately $9 million.
Brown, who has been Rick Carlisle's top assistant the past two
seasons and in the NBA for 13 years, was selected by owner Dan
Gilbert to become LeBron James' next coach. Brown is expected to be
introduced as Cleveland's coach in the next few days, sources told The Associated Press.
The 35-year-old Brown, who did not immediately respond to a phone message, would be the second-youngest coach in the league after New Jersey's Lawrence Frank. He would succeed Brendan Malone, who took over as interim coach March 21 after the firing of Paul Silas.
Brown is regarded as a defensive specialist, and that's an area where Cleveland needs some help after allowing 96.5 points per game last season. Before joining Carlisle's staff, Brown spent three seasons with San Antonio, winning one league title as an assistant with the Spurs. He coached San Antonio's summer league teams.
Gilbert, who reportedly also interviewed Phil Jackson, Flip Saunders and Eric Musselman for the coaching job, could not be reached for comment.
The Cavaliers also are awaiting the next move of Detroit coach Larry Brown, whom they would like to hire as their next president of basketball operations. Last week, the Cavs received permission
to speak with Brown once the Pistons' season is over.
The hiring of Mike Brown could enhance the likelihood that Larry Brown would accept the post as the Cavs' president. Mike Brown was an assistant for three seasons under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is a friend of Larry Brown's, the New York Times reported Monday.
According to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, two league sources said that Larry Brown told them he would accept the position after the Pistons' season is over.
The Pistons coach has health problems that could preclude him from coaching
next season, so a move to the front office would allow him to stay
in the game. Brown did not address his situation or the Cleveland
job following the Pistons' practice on Monday.
ESPN.com talked to a Cavs source who refused to confirm or deny whether Larry Brown had given them an answer.
Following Sunday's loss to Miami in Game 3 of the Eastern
Conference finals, Brown would not comment on a report that he had
to decide by Monday whether to accept the position with the
Reached earlier Monday by The Associated Press as he watched a movie with his daughter, Brown refused comment other than to say: "If I'm healthy, my goal is to be the coach of the Detroit Pistons. That's the only thing that's really real."
Another member of Indiana's organization, vice president of
basketball operations David Morway, has been interviewed for the
Cavs' vacant general manager's position. According to reports, the
club also has talked with Washington Wizards director of player
personnel Milt Newton.
Newton, who has been with the Wizards for two seasons, played on
Larry Brown's 1988 NCAA championship team at Kansas.
Gilbert, owner and CEO of Michigan-based Quicken Loans, took
over the team on March 1 after buying the Cavaliers and the
operating rights to Gund Arena for $375 million. He fired Silas
about three weeks later while the team was in a tailspin that
eventually cost the Cavaliers their first playoff appearance since
One day after the season, Gilbert fired GM Jim Paxson.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.