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Mike Brown is set to return as coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers after reaching a deal with the NBA club, the Akron Beacon Journal and Cleveland Plain Dealer newspapers reported on Tuesday.
The reports indicated that official confirmation of the deal could come as soon as Wednesday, reuniting Brown with the club he coached for five seasons from 2005 through 2010.
With superstar LeBron James playing for his home region club, the Cavaliers advanced to the NBA Finals for the first time in team history under Brown, only to lose the 2007 championship series in a sweep to the San Antonio Spurs.
After the 2010 season, in which the Cavaliers were defeated by Boston in the second round of the NBA playoffs, Brown was fired despite Cleveland winning a league-high 61 regular-season games and James departed to join the Miami Heat.
The Cavaliers replaced Brown with Byron Scott but James proved irreplaceable and Cleveland went only 64-166 in three seasons while James led the Heat to last year's NBA title.
Scott was fired last week after Cleveland finished 24-58 this past season.
Brown, 43, coached the Los Angeles Lakers starting in the 2011-2012 campaign but was fired five games into this past season after a 1-4 start.
During his time in Cleveland, Brown went 272-138 with a 42-29 playoff record and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2009 after a 66-16 season and a trip to the NBA semi-finals.