Cavaliers fire Brown after five seasons

The Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Mike Brown late Sunday, ending his five-year tenure with the franchise a little more than a week after the team lost in the second round of the playoffs, a source close to Brown confirmed to Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers now join the New Orleans Hornets, New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers and Chicago Bulls in looking for a new coach. The Philadelphia 76ers hired Doug Collins last week to fill their vacancy and Brown could emerge as a candidate for some of the other open jobs.

Brown was widely expected to be let go after the Cavaliers finished with the NBA’s best record for the second consecutive season, but failed to reach the NBA Finals.

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Updated Monday, May 24, 2010