How it will work:
Mike Brown is known as one of the top defensive minds in the game. The biggest thing the Cavaliers needed over the past three seasons is defense. Brown would make a huge impact on the defensive side of the ball, something we desperately need.
How it will fail:
We saw up close how Brown handles his offense. First with LeBron, where it seemed to be only isolation offense for 48 minutes. Kyrie Irving is another iso player, and if Brown takes the job, we could see more of the same. His in-game adjustments also hurt him in the past, getting out-coached in playoff series that cost the Cavs their season.
Likelihood of hire:
Dan Gilbert and Chris Grant met with Brown on Sunday night in Detroit. According to sources, the meeting went well, but Brown was not offered the job. The two sides could reconnect in the next few days, depending on what happens with other candidates. The two sides previously haven’t spoken since the split up in 2010, but it has been said that the two hold no grudges.
Effect on draft:
With Brown being a defensive coach above all else, it might have a little effect on the draft. Depending on the lottery, all signs point to Nerlens Noel as being the Cavaliers’ top choice, no matter who the coach is. If Noel is gone by the Cavs pick, Brown could spark some debate on where to go. For example, you could see an Alex Len pick, the 7′ foot center from Maryland, over someone like Otto Porter, a 6’8 small forward from Georgetown.
Effect on free agents:
Only a coach like Phil Jackson could have an easy time bringing free agents to Cleveland. B
ut Mike Brown has proven to be a good coach, and he would have an easier time convincing players to come to the Cavs compared to bringing in an assistant for their first coaching job. Brown is respected by players throughout the league, but the bottom line is that any Cleveland team will have to overpay for free agents. Look at the Cleveland Indians this past off-season.