Basketball - Brown 'set to return to Cavaliers'

Mike Brown is set to return as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to a report.

The team and Brown have a handshake agreement, and an official announcement is expected on Wednesday, the Akron-Beacon Journal reported.

Brown, 43, came to Cleveland in 2005 - his first head coaching job - and guided the Cavaliers to the 2007 NBA Finals.

He was named NBA Coach of the Year for leading the team to a league-best 66 wins in 2009. His team lost to the Orlando Magic in the 2009 conference finals and the Boston Celtics in the 2010 conference semi-finals, leading to his dismissal.

He also succeeded Phil Jackson as the head coach of the Lakers in 2011 but was fired early the next season.

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Charlotte Bobcats coach Mike Dunlap is out after one season with the team.

Dunlap finished his lone season in Charlotte at 21-61, the second-worst record in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of the Orlando Magic.

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Indiana Pacers forward Paul George has been named the NBA's Most Improved Player, receiving 52 first-place votes from a panel of 120 media members.

The third-year veteran received 311 of a possible 1,080 points. Greivis Vasquez of New Orleans (146 points, 13 first-place votes) and the Milwaukee Bucks' Larry Sanders (141 points, 10 first-place votes) finished second and third, respectively.

George had 23 double-doubles during the regular season and averaged a team-high 17.4 points along with 7.6 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.8 steals.