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NBA roundup: Cavs fire Brown, name Griffin GM

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: May 12 2014 07:03:18 PM CDT
Updated On: May 12 2014 07:03:18 PM CDT

The Cleveland Cavaliers announced Monday that they fired coach Mike Brown and named David Griffin general manager.

Brown's second stint as the Cavaliers' coach lasted just one season.

The Cavs finished 33-49 and 10th in the Eastern Conference this season. Brown was also coach from 2005-2010. His overall record with Cleveland was 305-187.

Brown also coached the Los Angeles Lakers to a 41-25 record in the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He was fired five games into the 2012-13 season.

Griffin had been acting GM since February.

---The New York Knicks are closer to finalizing a deal with Steve Kerr to become head coach of the team, according to the New York Daily News.

Kerr's agent, former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, is negotiating with the Knicks. The two sides are reportedly optimistic that a deal can be completed early this week.

However, money is holding up the deal. Kerr is reportedly seeking a $30 million deal, according to the New York Post. Yahoo Sports reported that the Knicks want to pay Kerr a salary more in line with a first-time coach than an established star.

---The Golden State Warriors will interview Stan Van Gundy for their head coaching vacancy, according to ESPN.com.

The Warriors had interest in Kerr, but are turning their attention to Van Gundy because they believe Kerr will take the New York Knicks' job.

Van Gundy said in a recent radio interview that he has mixed feelings about returning to coaching. He has a 371-208 record (.641) as coach of the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic and Miami Heat over seven seasons. He last coached the Magic two seasons ago.

---The sale of the Milwaukee Bucks to New York investors Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens "is moving quickly," the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.

Herb Kohl, a former U.S. senator, announced last month he is selling the team he has owned since 1985 to Lasry and Edens for $550 million, which includes assumed debt. Lasry and Edens, who are hedge-fund billionaires, have committed $100 million toward the cost of a new arena, as has Kohl, who made a condition of a sale that the team would remain in Milwaukee.