INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- With the Cavaliers having fired Byron Scott on Thursday, they may turn to an old friend to lead the team in the direction they believe it should be headed.
Multiple sources familiar with the Cavs thinking have told FOX Sports Ohio former coach Mike Brown has emerged as a real possibility to replace Scott.
Brown coached the Cavs during the LeBron James era (2005-10) and is close with general manager Chris Grant, both of whom played collegiately at the University of San Diego.
Grant remains a fan of Brown, sources said, and Brown is moving back to Cleveland following a stint as coach of the Lakers. He coached the Lakers for all of the lockout-shortened season (66 games), but was fired just five games into this year.
Besides his close ties to Grant and familiarity with the organization, Brown is known for his strong defensive philosophy -- an area in which the Cavs were severely lacking under Scott.
Earlier this season, Cavs owner Dan Gilbert hinted via his Twitte...