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CLEVELAND - A source tells NewsChannel5 Mike Brown is back in town, discussing the possibility of coaching the Cleveland Cavaliers again.
On Sunday, Brown is scheduled to have a dinner meeting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. It's being reported that Brown and Gilbert will talk about his return with the team as head coach.
The Cavs are looking for a new coach after firing Byron Scott on Thursday following his third straight losing season. Scott was the one who replaced Brown in 2010, shortly after the Cavs were eliminated by Boston in the Eastern Conference semifinals and weeks before LeBron James decided to leave as a free agent.
Brown left Cleveland on good terms with owner Dan Gilbert and he's tight with general manager Chris Grant, a close friend since college. Earlier this week, Grant said the team's new coach would have to be defensive-minded, a teacher, hard worker and "grinder," and that would aptly describe the affable Brown, who stressed defense during his time with the Cavaliers.
Interestingly, Brown was already planning a move back from California to Cleveland long before Scott was fired. Brown and his wife, Carolyn, immersed themselves into the community when they were here previously and have maintained friendships. Also, they want to be able to watch their eldest son, Elijah, play basketball next season at Butler. The couple's younger son, Cameron, intends to finish high school in the area.
Cleveland's list of candidates is expected to include Golden State assistant Mike Malone, who was previously on Brown's staff with the Cavs as well as Miami assistant David Fizdale. Grant will also likely present some college names to Gilbert, who will obviously have final say on the hire.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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