Best Potential Candidates to Replace Mike Brown as Cleveland Cavaliers Coach

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Best Potential Candidates to Replace Mike Brown as Cleveland Cavaliers Coach
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Another day, another shining example of why NBA head coaches hold one of the most unstable jobs ever.

On the same day the Cleveland Cavaliers removed the "interim" label from general manager David Griffin's title, they announced that they would also be parting ways with head coach Mike Brown. The news was first relayed by Fox Sports Ohio's Sam Amico.

This marks the end of Brown's second stint in Cleveland. He was dismissed in 2010 as LeBron James entered free agency. After a brief stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, he returned to the Cavs last summer on a five-year, $20 million deal.

But the Cavs showed little in the way of progress this season. They were supposed to contend for a playoff spot. Instead of a trip to the postseason, they're making their fourth straight lottery appearance.

The timing of Brown's dismissal clearly indicates the Cavs are preparing for a directional shift. Coaches who are one season into a five-year deal aren't handed pink slips if the team isn't gearing up for significant change.

The Cavs are still a young team brimming with impressionable talent. From Kyrie Irving—who is eligible for a contract extension this summer—to Dion Waiters to Anthony Bennett, this is a franchise in need of a reliable figurehead who can offer guidance while exerting authority.

Expect their coaching search to consist of established, big names, with a few novices scattered in for good measure. More pointedly, think of any coach who can implement some semblance of a system while dealing with budding talents. 

Or, you know, anyone who is even remotely qualified to lead them out of lottery purgatory and back to where they haven't been in nearly five years—the playoffs. 


*Stats courtesy of Basketball-Reference unless otherwise noted.

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