The Cavaliers might have met with the best available coach on the market on Sunday.

Sources say Cavs majority owner Dan Gilbert had dinner with Mike Brown on Sunday.

The Cavs fired Coach Byron Scott on Thursday after three seasons. Gilbert wants a defensive-minded coach, one who has a plan and can carry it out.

From the day he was hired, Scott talked about his team playing good defense. However, they just kept getting worse, capped off in the just-completed 24-58 season in 2012-13.
Brown, 43, was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 9, 2012. He was 42-29 with the Lakers, 1-4 this season before they pulled the plug.

In seven years as an NBA coach, he's 314-167 (.653). Brown's first five years as a coach came in Cleveland.

He was fired after 66- and 61-win seasons with the Cavs.

With the exception of his five-game stint this season, he's been in the playoffs every year he's been a head coach, and has advanced out of the first round on each occasion. The pinnacle of his coaching career came in 2006-07 when the Cavs advanced to the NBA Finals.

Part of the Cavs becoming an elite defensive team was convincing LeBron James that he needed to be better on the defensive end. He took to the notion and became one of the best perimeter defenders in the NBA. It culminated with James finishing second in Defensive Player of the Year voting in 2009, an accomplishment he was quite proud of.