According to some very early reports, the Cleveland Cavaliers have an agreement in place with Mike Brown for him to return to the team for a second tenure as head coach next season.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports that Brown would sign a five-year deal worth over $20 million.
Cavs, Mike Brown five-year deal will be worth $20 million-plus, sources tell Y! Sports.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) April 23, 2013
Brown has a career 314-167 record as a head coach in the NBA. He was fired by owner Dan Gilbert at the end of the 2010 postseason after the Cavaliers were defeated by the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference semi-finals.
He was most recently let go by the Los Angeles Lakers at the start of the 2012-13 regular season after the team lost four of its first five games with a star-studded roster.
In his last two years with the Cavaliers, Brown won 66 and 61 games respectively, but failed to take a team led by LeBron James to an NBA Championship. In four of his last five seasons, the Cavaliers had a top-five defense, which is a far cry from where they are currently in that department.
Rumors have circulated over James possibly returning to Cleveland if he were to (more than likely) opt-out of his current deal with the Miami Heat at the end of next season. It’s still unknown as to whether or not the hiring of Mike Brown will be a factor in his overall decision.