Mike D’ Antoni’s Job in Jeopardy?
As soon as the Cleveland Cavaliers hired Mike Brown to return as their head coach, many people around the NBA were discussing how the hire would impact another team: the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers would have owed Brown about $11 million over the next two seasons, but an offset clause in his contract means L.A. doesn’t have to pay him the full amount now that he’s signing a five-year deal worth $25 million with Cleveland. Whatever the Cavaliers are paying Brown is deducted from what the Lakers owe him. What does that mean for the Lakers? It means Mike D’Antoni likely becomes much easier to fire at the end of the season if the organization is unhappy with his performance.