Coach Mike Brown has agreed to a four-year, $18.25 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brown, the winningest coach in Cavaliers history was fired from the team he led almost one year to the day but will not take over one of the most storied franchises in NBA history.
According to ESPN Brown’s contract guarantees him three years in L.A. with an option for a fourth year. If the Lakers decide to ditch the option he will receive $2.5 million.
Brown led Cleveland to the 2007 NBA Finals and took them to two Eastern Conference finals in five seasons while posting a winning record of 272-138.
With Brown’s dedication to defense he could help strengthen weaknesses in the Laker’s game, while allowing Kobe Bryant and the teams offense to do what they do best.
Lakers owner Dr. Jerry Buss discussed the team’s new plans for offense, stating:
“We’re not going to continue exclusively with the triangle,” and “Certainly, there will be facets of the triangle incorporated into any modern offense.”
Brown beat out Rick Adelman and Brian Shaw for the teams top coaching position.
The official announcement will be made on Wednesday afternoon when Brown will become the 22nd coach in franchise history.