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Report: Mike Brown returning to Cavaliers? It could happen.

Apr 18, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

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Three years ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown after back-to-back 60-win seasons in one of the series of desperate moves they made to convince LeBron James not to leave the Cavaliers.

Now they may be bringing Brown back.

Thursday the Cavaliers fired Byron Scott after three seasons where the talent and defense never seemed to improve, and they could bring Mike Brown back to fill that vacancy, reports Brian Windhorst at ESPN.

With Scott out, there is mutual interest between Brown and the Cavaliers for a possible reunion, according to multiple league sources.

Much of it may depend on Brown, who has told those close to him that he is not sure he’s ready to return to coaching after being let go by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season. Brown, who has two years and more than $8 million left on his deal with the Lakers, has said he may take time off to be with his family.

Brown was fired five games into this season by the Lakers when management there decided he was not the guy who could coach their newly assembled superstar roster (that despite injuries that meant he never had his full roster in the preseason or regular season games they played).

Brown is just one of a series of candidates the team will consider, but GM Chris Grant told ESPN they want a coach with experience. There has been some buzz they may at least test the waters with Phil Jackson (although he would want front office power and isn’t looking to coach long term). Seeking an experienced coach appears to rule out top assistants such as Brian Shaw, even though having one of those young coaches grow with the young players has worked in places such as Oklahoma City with Scott Brooks.

Of the open coaching jobs Cleveland is one of the more appealing because they already have a franchise anchor star in Kyrie Irving plus they have a lot of cap space the next couple years (and some draft picks to add to the roster).

Brown and family are already rumored to be moving back to the Cleveland area, his eldest son has signed to play at Butler. And Brown could go back there with a job waiting for him.

  1. southpaw77 - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Why? So instead of an inept defense they’ll have an inept offense under Brown.
    Seen that movie already, time for the Cavs to look at Sloan, Callapari, Jeff or Stan Van Gundy. With Brian Shaw and Fiz from Miami as backup options if the first few dont pan out.

  2. cj1403 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:16 PM

    Callipari is not leaving Kentucky anytime soon, Sloan has already tasted retirement and at his age he’ll stay in his rocking chair, Jeff likes his broadcasting job too much. Best bet is SVG and Shaw as a backup plan.

  3. kb2408 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    So, let me get this correct, you’re in favor of 70 year old Jerry Sloan as the coach over Brown? What exactly has Sloan done? Two 1st ballot HOF players and he has as many titles as Brown, zero. I can see one of the Van Gundy’s or even Cal. But let Sloan stay where he belongs, in retirement.

  4. 13arod - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    why not everything is going crazy in the nba

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM


  6. badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:59 PM

    MIke gets $3 million from Jimy Buss, then Dan Gilbert lays $2 million on Mike . $5 million from 2 of the stupidest owners in the NBA. We just need Dolan(I. Thomas) to throw some gravy on it and Mike is still laughing at al the Laker fans.Good to be Mike Brown.

  7. thenew013 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    this guy may have left at the perfect time because we were historically bad the season after lebron. he may return at the perfect time now that we have some young peices who can really succeed if put in the right system. add another lottery pick and this could be the perfect situation for us to rise.

    • jcmeyer10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      It’s like selling high and buying low in the stock market!

  8. 13arod - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    they need somebody young

  9. cranespy - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Now is Izzos time……

  10. dameeze - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Bring in bill Fitch !

  11. raidmagic - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    SVG!!!! As a Magic fan I hate he’s gone but this league needs SVG. If for nothing else his post game interviews.

  12. mazblast - Apr 20, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    Uh, look at the map. Brown’s son going to Butler should not be a major role in Brown moving back to Cleveland. Butler is in Indianapolis, which is not all that close to Cleveland.

    That aside, this idea strikes me as seriously bad. Brown is still under contract to the Lakers and should stick it to Short Buss, Kupchak, et al by not taking another coaching gig until his contract runs out. His defense-first style doesn’t excite anyone. The fans have already seen his work and won’t be at all thrilled.

    The Cavs need a coach who can EXCITE the fanbase. I’d love to see Zen Master and his monstrous ego take on a job like this, but I don’t see any way Phil would “settle” for a job in…Cleveland, with only one real star.

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