While the Cleveland Cavaliers said goodbye to Byron Scott on Thursday, they could be welcoming back former coach Mike Brown.

With Scott out, there is mutual interest between Brown and the Cavaliers for a possible reunion, according to multiple league sources.

Much of it may depend on Brown, who has told those close to him that he is not sure he's ready to return to coaching after being let go by the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this season. Brown, who has two years and more than $8 million left on his deal with the Lakers, has said he may take time off to be with his family.

The Cavs are expected to contact several possible candidates in the next few days.

Despite Brown being fired by owner Dan Gilbert after back-to-back 60-win seasons (2008-2010), sources told ESPN.com there were no grudges held by either side that would prevent a dialogue about a fresh start.

Cavs general manager Chris Grant declined to address a direct question about Brown's candidacy during a news conference Thursday. Grant worked alongside Brown as assistant general manager from 2005 to 2010, and the two maintained a good relationship.

"We have not started that process," Grant said. "We're looking for someone with proven success, looking for someone who has a strong defensive system, someone who is a teacher, grinder and a worker."

Brown, who reached the second round of the playoffs in each of his six full seasons as coach in Cleveland and Los Angeles, is known as one of the best defensive coaches in the league.

It is an open secret that Brown and his family are planning a move from the L.A. area back to Cleveland this summer. Brown's son, Elijah, signed a national letter of intent this week to play for Brad Stevens at Butler, and Brown wanted to be closer to see him play.