Report: Mike Brown in lead for Lakers job

Posted by Gary Dzen, Boston.com Staff  May 25, 2011 11:24 AM

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Former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is the leading candidate to replace Phil Jackson as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, sources tell ESPN's Chris Broussard. Brown and the Lakers have already exchanged contract figures, and a deal between the two sides could happen as soon as today, according to the report.

If the Lakers cannot reach a deal with Brown, ESPN's Ric Bucher reports that the team will turn its attention to former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman. Adelman and the Rockets parted ways this offseason.

Brown will be offered a deal somewhere in the neighborhood of three years at $4 million per season according to the Los Angeles Times, while a CSNBayArea report pegs the potential deal at four years and $18 million. According to the ESPN report, if Brown and the Lakers cannot agree on money and contract security, the Lakers will begin to negotiate with Adelman.

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