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Handshake Deal: Mike Brown the new Cavs coach....Again?

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19 Action News sources and published reports are saying Mike Brown will return to the Cavaliers as the team's new head coach.

Tuesday afternoon Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal tweeted this:

#Cavs and Mike Brown have reached handshake agreement on deal, league source tells Akron Beacon Journal. Official announcement expected tmrw

The contract is a reported five-year, $20 million deal.

Brown got his first head coaching job with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2005.

He was fired in 2010 after winning over 60 games in back-to-back seasons with the Cavaliers.  In his five seasons as the head coach, Brown was 272-138 that included five consecutive trips to the playoffs.

The firing was more about trying to keep LeBron James and not about Brown's performance.

In 2011, the Lakers hired Brown as their head coach and he guided them to the playoffs.  However, after five games into this season the former NBA Coach of the Year was let go by Los Angeles.

The Cavaliers fired Byron Scott last Thursday after going 64-166 in three seasons as the head coach.

Brown was the only candidate team owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Chris Grant talked to.  The team had reached out to Phil Jackson, but ultimately ended up with Mike Brown.

So what do fans think about bringing him back? Depends on who you ask.

"My first reaction is not a positive one. I have to be honest. I mean he just got fired by the Lakers which is an All-Star team," said a Cavs fan.

"I think it's great. I thought he was a great coach when he was here. I was sad when he left," said another Cavs fan. "Very good reaction. Pretty happy. I liked the way he did it last time. Maybe LeBron will come back!"

The team will reportedly make an official announcement Wednesday.

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