The Los Angeles Lakers for the first time publicly acknowledged talks with Mike Brown, the reported next coach of the franchise. In a brief statement released Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers said they have an outline of an agreement in place with the former Cleveland Cavaliers chief.
"In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we've met with Mike and are very impressed with him," the statement reads. "In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days."
News broke late Tuesday that the Lakers were in serious talks with Brown, who was fired by the Cavaliers in 2010 after Cleveland finished the season with the league's best record but flamed out in the second round of the NBA Playoffs. On Wednesday, reports that Brown was preparing to sign a four-year deal worth $18 million broke.
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