From the LA Times this morning:
The Lakers have put together a deal to hire former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown as their new coach, an NBA official who was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter said late Tuesday.
Brown, 41, became the front-runner because Jim Buss, the team’s executive vice president of player personnel, was impressed with his defense-minded style.
Former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman also was in the mix for the job and will remain a candidate to replace Phil Jackson if Brown turns down the deal from the Lakers.
Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw also was considered for the head position.
The Lakers had to wait until General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Buss returned from pre-draft camps in Chicago and
Minneapolis on Tuesday night before they could get a deal done.
If Brown agrees to the deal, he’ll sign a contract worth between $4 million and $4.5 million per season, the
official said. 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.