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Person with knowledge of situation says former Cavs coach Mike Brown open to return to team

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FILE - In this Dec. 25, 2011 file photo, Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike Brown gestures during the second half of the Lakers' NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Los Angeles. The Cavaliers intend to speak with former coach Brown about returning to the team. Brown was fired by Cleveland three years ago and replaced by Byron Scott, who was let go by the Cavs on Thursday after he went 64-166 in three seasons _ one of the worst stretches in team history. . (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)The Associated Press

A person familiar with the situation says former Cavaliers coach Mike Brown is interested in returning for a second stint with the team.

Brown, who went to the NBA finals during his five seasons with Cleveland, is "receptive to the idea" of coaching the Cavaliers again, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the sides have not yet discussed a possible return.

Brown went 272-138 and went to the playoffs every year with the Cavs, but he was fired after the team was beaten by Boston in the 2010 Eastern Conference semifinals and replaced by Byron Scott. Brown spent one full season with the Los Angeles Lakers, who fired him five games into this season.

Scott was fired earlier this week following his third straight losing season.