Mike Brown is reported to be close to succeeding Phil Jackson as Lakers coach.
Mike Brown is the Los Angeles’ Lakers choice to replace Phil Jackson as head coach, the Los Angeles Times reported late Tuesday.
The Lakers have put together a three-year offer with an option for a fourth season, according to an NBA official speaking on condition of anonymity. Brown would make between $4 million and $4.5 million per season and receive partial pay in his option year if he is not retained.
Brown now must sign off on the proposal. If he doesn’t, the Times reports, former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman would become the next candidate.
Earlier Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports reported the Lakers and Brown were in “serious discussions.”
Yahoo! reported a deal between the Lakers and Brown could be in place within the next 24 to 48 hours, as did the Times in its report.
NBA.com reported the Lakers have narrowed the search to Brown, Adelman and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw, but sources told Yahoo! that the organization was “focused on talks with Brown.”
Mike Dunleavy, Jeff Van Gundy and Chuck Person previously were mentioned as candidates by various media outlets.
Lakers owner Jerry Buss said Tuesday the organization was “very close” to hiring a head coach to replace Phil Jackson.
While he did not provide a timeframe, Buss, per the Los Angeles Times, said on Sirius/XM Radio: “I don’t know exactly when but a week is a long time.”
The Lakers’ “insistence on holding firm to a lower salary” had kept the search open, according to NBA.com. The Los Angeles Times previously reported that the new coach would earn $3 million to $5 million per year. Jackson made $10 million in his final year as Lakers coach but earned as much as $12 million during his tenure with the team. The NBA average is $2 million to $4 million, according to the Times.
While Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Luke Walton have publicly supported Shaw’s candidacy, Buss said the front office won’t be consulting the players on the hire.
“Obviously, we have to select somebody who has a reputation that players would be happy with,” Buss said on Sirius/XM. “But to ask a direct player to select a particular coach, that’s general manager territory. That’s out of the player domain.”
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