Cavaliers rumors: Mike Brown leading contender to replace Byron Scott

Former Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike Brown has emerged as the leading contender to replace Byron Scott, who was fired earlier this week, according to Mary Schmitt Boyer of The Plain Dealer.

Following the firing of Scott, Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant told reporters that he was seeking a new coach with proven success and a strong defensive system, traits that Boyer thinks fit Brown.

"Moving forward we'll look for someone with proven success and look for somebody who is strong defensively with proven systems," Grant said. "We'll look for somebody who is a teacher. We'll look for somebody who is a grinder and a worker."

The Lakers fired Brown five games into the regular season, replacing him with former Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni. He has yet to be contacted by the Cavaliers, though he and his family did decide to relocate to Cleveland. He told The Plain Dealer that this decision was made before the Cavs’ coaching vacancy came about.

Brown has said that he’s in no rush to return to coaching, though Boyer indicates that timing could be an issue to Cleveland. The team could work quick to re-hire their former coach if he is chosen as the top candidate, so as to avoid losing out on Brown to other interested teams.

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