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Lakers Get Cavalier with Head Coach Hire

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According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown will become the new Lakers head coach. Brown agreed in principle to a four-year contract for $18 million with the fourth year a team option.

Marc J. Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports broke the story Tuesday night that former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown is the front-runner to the vacant Lakers head coaching position. Reportedly they are in talk discussing terms of a contract that could give Brown $4 million per season. If Brown turns down the job the Lakers will then move on to former Houston Rockets head coach Rick Adelman, former Clippers and Lakers head coach Mike Dunleavy and current Lakers assistant head coach Brian Shaw.

Brown coached the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals in 2007 and won Coach of the Year in 2009. After Phil Jackson earned $10 million this past season, the Lakers didn’t want to pay top dollar for a head coach.

In 2000 Brown was hired by San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich as an assistant coach. He was known as a defensive specialist for the Spurs before going to the Indiana Pacers in 2003 to be the associate head coach under Rick Carlisle. As head coach he compiled a 272-138 record in five seasons where his teams never won less than 50 games each season. Naturally he knows how to deal with a superstar coaching LeBron James during that time.

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