Report: Lakers make offer to Mike Brown

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly have made an offer to hire

ex-Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as their new coach,

according to the Los Angeles Times, which cited an NBA official who

spoke on condition of anonymity.

If Brown agrees to the deal, he is expected to sign a multiyear

deal worth up to $18 million, according to the report.

The Lakers held informal discussions with several candidates to

replace Phil Jackson, including longtime assistant Brian Shaw, who

was publicly endorsed by stars Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher.

The Times says Brown, 41, became the front-runner because Jim

Buss, the team’s executive vice president of player personnel,

liked his focus on defense.

Former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman also had been

mentioned as a possible replacement and will remain a candidate if

Brown turns down the deal from the Lakers, according to the

newspaper.

Brown also was considered a front-runner for the vacant Golden

State Warriors job and a candidate for the Indiana post.

He spent five years with the Cavaliers and took the team to the

NBA Finals in 2007, but was fired in 2010.

Brown’s deal would be worth between $4 million and $4.5 million

per season, according to the Times, citing the NBA official. Under

the deal’s terms, Brown would sign for three years, with a team

option on the fourth season that would give him partial pay if he

was not retained, the newspaper reported.

Jackson, who retired after the Lakers were swept by the

Mavericks in the Western Conference semifinals, earned as much as

$12 million in 2009-10 and, after a pay cut, $10 million last

season.

The Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks in the second

round of this year’s playoffs.

In an interview Tuesday with Sirius XM Radio, Lakers owner Jerry

Buss said the team was “very close” to filling its coaching

vacancy.

“We really don’t consult the players on these matters,” Buss

said. “Obviously, we have to select somebody who has a reputation

that players would be happy with. But to ask a direct player to

select a particular coach, that’s general manager territory.”

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