LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown will likely be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the NBA franchise confirmed today.
“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,” according to a statement issued by the Lakers. “In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days.”
Brown, 41, was fired last year as coach of the Cavaliers, where he spent five seasons.
If the deal is finalized, Brown would take over for retiring Phil Jackson, the most successful coach in NBA history. Jackson won five NBA titles with the Lakers, on top of the six he won as coach of the Chicago Bulls.