Mike Brown will be the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard. Broussard is reporting that Brown has signed a four-year, $18.25 million contract to replace Phil Jackson behind the Lakers' bench. The fourth year is a team option, according to Broussard.
Brown last coached for five years with the Cleveland Cavaliers before getting fired in 2010. He was reportedly offered the job on Tuesday night, and a deal was quickly agreed upon. Brown beats out Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, former Houston Rockets coach Rick Adelman and former Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy to get the job.
Broussard is also reporting that star Kobe Bryant is "on board" with the decision to hire Brown. This was called into question earlier in the day, when Bryant said he was "surprised" to hear Brown was the front-runner. Bryant had previously endorsed Shaw for the position.
The Lakers will announce Brown's hiring later Wednesday afternoon. Brown had gone 272-138 in five seasons in Cleveland coaching LeBron James, including guiding the Cavaliers to the 2007 NBA Finals.