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Lakers say they hope to sign contract with Mike Brown 'within the next few days'

May 25, 2011 |  3:21 pm

Photo: Mike Brown. Credit: Gregory Shamus / Getty Images The Lakers said in a statement that they were "very impressed" with Mike Brown and hopes to sign a contract Brown "within the next few days" that would officially make him the team's head coach.

"In response to rampant speculation and reports about our head coaching position and Mike Brown, we’ve met with Mike and are very impressed with him," the Lakers said in a statement. "In addition, we have an outline for an agreement in place and hope to sign a contract within the next few days."

The Times' Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner earlier reported that Brown is expected to sign a contract later Wednesday or Thursday in a deal worth between $4 million and $4.5 million per season. Bresnahan and Turner also report that Brown's contract is thought to be for three years, with a team option on the fourth season that would give him partial pay if he is not retained.

-- Mark Medina

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