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Mike Browns, Kings ‘table’ contact extension talks

Trouble is brewing between Mike Brown and the Sacramento Kings.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Friday. After there was a “rift between the two sides regarding a potential contract,” the head coach and the franchise have contract extension negotiations on the table.

Brown is entering the final guaranteed season of the four-year contract he signed ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season.

Trouble is brewing between Mike Brown and the Sacramento Kings. Getty Images

The contract contains mutual options for the 2025-26 season, but Brown reportedly wants to get the deal done before next season.

In 2023, the former Lakers and Cavaliers head coach led the Kings to their first playoff appearance since 2006, compiling a 48-34 record in the regular season but losing to the defending champion Warriors in a seven-game series in the first round.

Brown became the first unanimous winner of the NBA Coach of the Year award in league history after breaking a postseason drought.

But the Kings took a slight step back this season, losing to the Pelicans in the play-in tournament and missing the postseason with a 46-36 record.

Team ownership, According to Kings reporter James Ham:,I am not satisfied with the regression.

“The owners are frustrated that they haven’t been able to replicate last year’s success,” the source told Hamm. “This shouldn’t be a complicated issue, but like everything else in Sacramento, it is.”

The NBA head coaching market has boomed over the past year, leading Brown to seek bigger pay.

Since last May, Steve Kerr, Gregg Popovich and Monty Williams have all signed contracts worth more than $13 million per year.

Anthony Slater and Sam Amick of The Athletic reported the news. Brown said last month that he expected to make around $10 million a year.

Brown is scheduled to make less than $5 million next season, according to Ham.

The Kings have had a head coaching streak since Rick Adelman left in 2006 after eight seasons with the team, and had 11 head coaches in the 16 seasons prior to Brown’s appointment.