CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Less than 3 years after being fired by the Cavaliers Mike Brown reportedly is returning to Cleveland.
Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal reports that Brown has reached “a handshake agreement” to replace Byron Scott and that a deal is expected to be announced Wednesday.
Yahoo! Sports reports the deal is for 5-years and $20 million.
The Cavaliers have not commented on the reports of Brown’s impending hiring.
Brown, who went 272-138 in 5 seasons with the Cavaliers during the LeBron James era, met Sunday evening in Detroit with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert.
He was dismissed after the 2010 season which saw the cavaliers eliminated in the Eastern Conference semifinals by the Boston Celtics. Rumors surfaced that James, who was set to become a free agent, did not like Brown as a coach.
James ultimately left the Cavaliers in July of 2010 and Brown was hired by the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2011-12 season to replace Phil Jackson. He was fired just 5 games into this past season.
Brown’s teams have reached the playoffs and won in the first round in each of his 6 full seasons as a head coach.