Brown rejoined the struggling Cavs at the start of the season
after previously being released from the Los Angeles Lakers.
It was his second stint in charge at Cleveland. He served as head
coach between 2005 and 2010 when the Cavs made the playoffs each
time and LeBron James was playing for the franchise.
But the Cavs have not qualified for the post-season since James left
in 2010 and went 33-49 under Brown this season.
"This is a very tough business. It pains all of us here that we
needed to make the difficult decision of releasing Mike Brown,"
Cleveland team owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement.
"Mike worked hard over this last season to move our team in the
right direction. Although, there was some progress from our finish
over the few prior seasons, we believe we need to head in a
Gilbert also announced David Griffin has been appointed general
manager after serving as an acting GM.
(Reporting by Julian Linden. Editing by Steve Keating)
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