Mike Brown and staff preparing for likely split from Cleveland Cavaliers
Decision day hasn’t arrived yet but it appears everyone is preparing for
The Cavaliers had not performed or scheduled exit interviews with
players or coaches as of Monday. Once some or all of those take place,
there will be a verdict on coach Mike Brown. But if that decision is a
parting of ways, the sides are getting ready for it.
According to sources, Brown and his coaching staff are preparing to be let go. Meanwhile, the front office and team owner Dan Gilbert are believed to be considering a list of possible replacements.
While Gilbert said his evaluation period will last 7-10 days, it won’t likely last longer than that. According to multiple sources, there is a clause in Brown’s contract that changes his compensation for the remaining year of his contract if he’s let go more than 10 days after the season ends.
All of the assistant coaches have a year left on their contracts as well.
Despite those factors, there is also a courtesy element to the decision-making process. There are six coaching openings currently in the NBA (Philadelphia, Chicago, New Jersey, Atlanta, Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans) and all are in some stage of the interviewing process. Brown and his assistants potentially could be candidates for jobs in those places if they are released in Cleveland.
Without question, a huge opinion in Brown’s future will rest with LeBron James and his thoughts on the future. The Cavs and James, when they do meet, will be in an awkward position because talking about the coaching position will be all about the future and James has chosen to leave his future options open.
Currently, it is believed James intends to explore his free agent options in July. If the team decides to change coaches, that may put the Cavs in a position of either courting a new coach without knowing James’ future or waiting beyond the draft and the start of free agency without having a coach in place.