Cavs reportedly to offer Brown post after playoffs

Updated: May 30, 2005, 9:08 PM ET
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The Cavaliers resolved one pressing situation for the franchise by selecting a head coach Monday, but Cleveland remains in limbo in its quest to hire a club president.

Indiana Pacers assistant coach Mike Brown agreed in principle Monday to a four-year, $9 million deal to coach the Cavaliers, ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported.

However, the Cavaliers are still awaiting the next move of Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown, whom they would like to hire as their next president of basketball operations.

Two officials with knowledge of Cleveland's situation told the Akron Beacon Journal that Cleveland will offer the job to Larry Brown once the Pistons' playoff run is over. Detroit trails the Heat two games to one in the Eastern Conference finals.

A move to the front office would allow Larry Brown to stay in the game if his health issues were to preclude him from coaching next season. He did not address his situation or the Cleveland job following the Pistons' loss to Miami in Game 3 on Sunday or after the team's practice Monday.

An Eastern Conference executive with knowledge of Larry Brown's situation told The New York Times that Cavs owner Dan Gilbert spoke recently with Brown about the front-office job.

Mike Brown's hiring might serve to enhance the likelihood that Larry Brown would decide to become Cavs president. Mike Brown was an assistant for three seasons under Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, who is a friend of Larry Brown's.

In another move that could potentially bolster Cleveland's chances of hiring Larry Brown, the Cavs have reportedly talked with Washington Wizards director of player personnel Milt Newton about their vacant general manager position.

Newton, who has been with the Wizards for two seasons, played on Larry Brown's 1988 NCAA championship team at Kansas.

According to the Beacon Journal, multiple NBA executives have said recently that Larry Brown will not return as Detroit's coach next season regardless of the status of his health.

"All the stuff that I've been hearing is he-say, she-say, because obviously if it was true he'd let us know," said the Pistons' Tayshaun Prince, who said the issue would only grow into a problem if Brown failed to keep his players informed.

Reached Monday by The Associated Press as he watched a Star Wars movie with his daughter, Larry Brown refused comment on the latest Cavs rumors other than to say "If I'm healthy, my goal is to be the coach of the Detroit Pistons. That's the only thing that's really real."

Larry Brown still has three years remaining on his five-year, $30 million contract with Detroit.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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