After losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Golden State Warriors are now in the process of rebuilding their whole organization. Rumors are swirling that the Warriors are very much keen in signing Mike Brown as the replacement to Luke Walton, who has formally taken over as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
ESPN’s Marc Stein noted that with the Phoenix Suns taking in TY Corbin, they are now seriously talking with Brown, who had coaching stints with the Los Angeles Lakers and Cavaliers. Fox Sports noted that as a coach, Brown was named as the 2008-2009 Coach of the Year after leading the Cavaliers to a back-to-back 60-plus win in a season. This was before he was fired after LeBron James left to be with the Miami Heat.
Ty Corbin going to Phoenix has made Mike Brown a strong contender to land on Steve Kerr's Warriors bench next season, coaching sources say.
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) June 26, 2016
Brown would then take in the Lakers coaching job from 2011 to 2012 but was then fired with just five games into his second season with the team. He would then make a return gig with the Cavaliers but was also fired after the team finished with a 33-49 record during the 2013 to 2014 season.
foxsports.com >> Warriors reportedly seriously considering hiring Mike Brown to replace Luke Walton https://t.co/Bxstmx6G2r
— Los Angeles Lakers (@lakersbuzztap) June 26, 2016
nbcsports.com >> Report: Mike Brown strongly expected to land on Steve Kerr’s Warriors staff https://t.co/ia66IL1CGy
— Golden State Buzz (@warriorsbuzztap) June 26, 2016
Brown started his assistant coaching career with the Washington Wizards from 1997 to 1999 and then went to sign up as Gregg Popovich’s assistant with the San Antonio Spurs from 2000 to 2003 before going to Indiana Pacers from 2003 to 2005.
It is noted that with Brown’s experience, he will be an added asset to the Warriors which is also looking at rebuilding its roster in the coming free agency season. The Warriors are trying to be aggressive with their intention of pitching for Kevin Durant when the free agency opens on July 1.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) June 27, 2016
Aside from Durant, the Warriors are also trying to re-sign Harrison Barnes and Festus Ezeli. They are also working on a contract reconstruction with Andrew Bogut and Andre Iguodala to make the necessary salary cap this coming free agency season.
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