NEW YORK —ESPN is reporting that the Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Mike Brown.
In a story posted on ESPN’s website citing a source, the Cavaliers had until midnight on Sunday to fire Brown or pay him his full $4.5 million salary for next season.
Brown had one year remaining on a contract extension he signed after taking the Cavaliers to their first NBA finals in 2007. He’s 314-167 in five seasons with Cleveland and has guided the team to the postseason in each of his five seasons. The Cavaliers finished the regular season with an NBA-best 61 wins, but were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round by the Boston Celtics. - AP