Mike Brown, former coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, has reached agreement in principle on a deal to succeed Phil Jackson as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The Lakers issued a statement concerning the multiple reports that a deal was in place:

“In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him. In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days.”

Brown was fired as coach of the Cavs a year ago Wednesday; the framework for his contract with the Lakers reportedly is four years, $18 million. He had been considered a front-runner for the Golden State Warriors’ vacant coaching job, but quickly emerged as the Lakers’ front runner.

Jackson, the Lakers’ Hall of Fame coach, retired after the team’s loss to Dallas in the second round of the playoffs. Rick Adelman, the Houston Rockets’ former coach, and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw also were considered.


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