Mike Brown Twice Turned Down Suns Job

April 22 2013 at 5:00pm CDT By Chuck Myron

The Suns attempted to bring Mike Brown aboard as coach at midseason, when they let go of Alvin Gentry, and again this month, but Brown rebuffed the team both times, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Stein says Brown passed this time around to focus on the Cavs, where he remains the leading candidate, according to the Associated Press, and other openings (Twitter links). It's further indication interim coach Lindsey Hunter could be on his way out, following the departure of GM Lance Blanks within the hour, as the ESPN.com scribe surmises.

Brown and Cavs owner Dan Gilbert met yesterday and could meet again as soon as today. There's pressure on Cleveland to move quickly, since Brown would reportedly be the top choice of Hawks GM Danny Ferry if he decides to let go of Larry Drew after the team finishes its postseason run. 

The Sixers and the Pistons are the only two teams other than the Cavs to have coaching vacancies at the moment, but Brown does not appear to be a candidate for either job. Nonetheless, it appears the former Lakers coach has landed on his feet after his ouster in L.A. just five games into the 2012/13 season.

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