Cavs Notes: Brown, Gilbert, Jackson, Coaches

Let's round up a few notes related to one of three NBA teams that's currently in the market for a new coach….

  • Gilbert was widely considered the driving force behind Brown's firing in 2010, but he wouldn't stop GM Chris Grant from re-hiring Brown if that's what Grant wants to do, sources tell Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal. Still, Lloyd hears Brown isn't the only candidate the team will consider.
  • Echoing an earlier report, the team is expected to reach out to Phil Jackson, according to Lloyd, though Jackson would likely have more interest in a team closer to winning a title. The Cavs also have interest in Stan Van Gundy and Scott Skiles, Lloyd adds.

Earlier updates:

  • According to Sam Amico of FOX Sports Ohio, the Cavaliers have someone in mind for their head coaching vacancy, and could make a hire "within two weeks" (Twitter link). Based on reports so far, it seems Cleveland's top candidate is former coach Mike Brown.
  • Besides parting ways with head coach Byron Scott, the Cavs have also released assistants Paul Pressey and Joe Prunty, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (via Twitter).
  • Before he discussed the Kings saga with reporters today in New York, commissioner David Stern revealed that the Board of Governors had approved majority owner Dan Gilbert's purchase of a larger stake in the Cavaliers. Brian Windhorst of reports that Gilbert bought the shares of David Katzman, who had been the team's second-largest shareholder (Twitter links).

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