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Mike Brown, Kings agree to 3-year, $30 million contract extension

The Sacramento Kings and head coach Mike Brown have agreed to a contract extension through the 2026-27 season, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the deal to be worth $30 million.

Brown is the head coach of the Kings through the 2022-23 season and was the NBA Coach of the Year in his first year with Sacramento.

According to Wojnarowski, Brown will receive a $4 million raise in the final year of his current contract to bring his salary to $8.5 million for the 2024-25 season. He will then make $8.5 million per year for the next two seasons with his new contract.

Brown took over as the Kings’ head coach after a six-year stint as the Golden State Warriors’ associate head coach. Prior to his time with the Warriors, he was the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers twice (2005-2010 and 2013-2014) and the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers (2011-2012).

In his first year with the Kings a season ago, he led the team to its first playoff appearance in 16 years and was one win away from beating the Warriors to advance Sacramento to the second round for the first time since 2004.

This season, the Kings finished 46-36 to reach the play-in tournament, beating the Warriors in their first game and losing to the New Orleans Pelicans to end their season.

While Brown and Sacramento didn’t make the postseason this year, it’s clear the team has made major strides since his hiring. Before Brown took over as head coach, the Kings had not won more than 40 games since 2006 and reached the 40-win mark in each of their first two seasons.

The Kings still have a lot of work to do to compete for a championship, but keeping Brown seemed like a necessary step to continue progressing.