The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Mike Brown a three-year deal worth at least $4 million per season to become the team's new head coach, reports Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. Yahoo!'s Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Tuesday that the Lakers and Brown were in serious talks on a contract; Turner reports that if Brown consents to the salary offer, he could be hired as soon as Wednesday.
Turner reports that Brown had been looking for a contract worth at least $4 million per season for four years; the reported deal with the Lakers has a team option with partial salary guarantee in the fourth year.
Brown coached the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2005 to 2010, earning a trip to the 2007 NBA Finals and winning the 2009 NBA Coach of the Year award. Like Phil Jackson, the legend he'd replace in La La Land, he's a laissez faire game coach who trust his superstar(s). But his strategy is heavily tilted toward defense, and his offense system -- a steady diet of high screen-rolls and isolation plays for LeBron James -- received constant criticism.