The Sacramento Kings have agreed Golden State Warriors assistant Mike Brown on a four-year contract to become the franchise’s next coach, sources told ESPN.
Sources said the Kings struck a deal with Brown on Sunday after meeting him over two days late last week. Brown comes to the Kings with a clear regulatory mandate: to end the longest drought in NBA history and bring the Kings back after the season for the first time in 16 years.
Sources said Brown will finish the Warriors playoff before moving on to his full-time duties with the Kings.
He comes with eight seasons of master coaching experience and nearly two decades of associate coaching under Greg Popovich and Steve Kerr.
Prior to joining Kerr as an assistant with the Warriors seven years ago, Brown had a record of 347-216 (.616) in eight seasons as a head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. Brown was the NBA Coach of the Year in 2007 when he led the Cavaliers to the Eastern Conference Championship.
Brown was 42-29 in parts from two seasons with the Lakers before being ejected from five games in the 2012-13 season in Los Angeles, and Brown returned to Cleveland for a 33-49 season in 2013-14 before being sent off after one season.
Brown has a 47-36 career playoff record.