July 15, 2024

Kings ink coach Mike Brown to 3-year, $30 million extension: Sources

By Shams Charania, Anthony Slater and Mark Puleo

The Sacramento Kings and coach Mike Brown agreed to a three-year, $30 million extension Friday, per league sources. The base salary of the deal is worth $8.5 million per season, with bonuses that could reach $10 million per year.

Brown has been with the team since 2022 and guided the Kings to consecutive winning seasons, racking up a 94-70 record. Sacramento missed the playoffs in 2024 after losing its final Play-In Tournament game, but under Brown the team snapped its 16-year playoff drought in 2023.

Brown was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2023 for helping turn around the Kings. It marked the second time he’s won the award, as he first took home the trophy in 2009 when he was with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 54-year-old has won four championships as an assistant coach, one with the San Antonio Spurs and three with the Golden State Warriors. Before joining Sacramento, he spent six seasons as an assistant on Steve Kerr’s staff with the Warriors.

Brown’s previous head-coaching stints came with the Cavaliers in 2013-14, the Los Angeles Lakers for 71 games from 2011-12 to 2012-13 and the Cavaliers in his first stint, from 2005-06 to 2009-10. He owns a career record of 441-286.

What does this mean for Sacramento?

The biggest piece of current drama hovering over the Kings is lifted. This had already become a major distraction and would’ve only ramped up if Brown remained without an extension when training camp arrived. NBA coaches are typically either fired or extended before the final season of a contract.

Brown was an obvious extend candidate, considering he just coached the Kings to their two best seasons in the previous 18. It is now done. — Anthony Slater, NBA senior writer

Why was the extension so tricky?

The coaching market has exploded since Brown was first hired by the Kings. Monty Williams was given a record deal last summer by the Pistons, triggering a wave of extensions for Gregg Popovich, Steve Kerr, Erik Spoelstra and Ty Lue well into the double digit millions per season.

Brown, making $4.5 million in the final season of his deal, had the résumé to suddenly command at or near $10 million per season. The Kings came in lower. The negotiations trickled into the public. There was a ton of local angst. The two sides finally came to an agreement late Friday night. — Slater

What’s next?

An important summer. They’re trying to bring back Malik Monk in free agency despite some financial limitations and have eyes on bolstering the roster even further around Domantas Sabonis and De’Aaron Fox. They have the 13th pick in the upcoming draft and plenty of future draft capital and midsized contracts (Harrison Barnes, Kevin Huerter) to get into the trade market for a bigger fish, should one become available.

I’d expect their front office to be aggressive. General manager Monte McNair has signaled he will be. The Kings are trying to break open a window to contention before the Fox, Sabonis era fades. — Slater

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