In addition, the Cavaliers also met with Mike Brown and according to ESPN‘s Chris Broussard, the meeting went very well. The two sides had dinner of Sunday night to discuss the possibility of Brown returning to Cleveland for another go-around. Brown was the head coach for the Cavaliers from 2005-2010, but things have not gone so well since he left. The main reason behind that however, was the departure of LeBron James that same off-season.
Brown was not offered the job on Sunday night according to Broussard, but the two sides are expected to speak again later in the week. Despite the rumors between the Cavaliers and Jackson, Brown may be the guy that could be the team’s top target. For Brown’s sake, the involvement of coaching a franchise player like Kyrie Irving is a very good opportunity, but at the same time, things didn’t exactly pan out when James was in town. Yet, keep in mind, James is a free agent in 2014 and the possibility to a reunion in Cleveland is certainly not out of the question.
In his time in Cleveland from 2005-2010, Brown secured 272 wins as head coach, averaging just over 54 per season. The Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals in 2007, but came up short.
It will be interesting to see how Cleveland handles this situation from here on out. Will they make another push at Jackson’s interest or throw their money at Brown and woo him back to Cleveland?
We will see.
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