Gilbert still evaluating Brown; sources say he will be fired
Despite the fact that Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert said the team is continuing to "evaluate" coach Mike Brown, two league sources have told SI.com that Brown will be fired.
The sources said that Gilbert has made his decision, although he may not have informed Brown yet. In his Friday afternoon press conference, Gilbert would not say that Brown would be back next season.
Brown, who won the NBA's Coach of the Year Award last year, compiled a 272-138 record in five seasons leading the Cavaliers. He also led the team to the playoffs in each of those seasons, including a Finals appearance in 2007.
Cleveland's inability to return to the championship round in the last two years, especially after nabbing the league's best record in both seasons, drew criticism of Brown's ability to manage his team and winning rotations.
A source also told SI.com that GM Danny Ferry, who does not have a contract for next season, is still with the team for the foreseeable future.