- The Washington Times - Saturday, June 4, 2005

After two interviews, the second on Thursday, the Cleveland Cavaliers informed Washington Wizards director of personnel Milt Newton yesterday that he was no longer in the running for the Cavaliers’ vacant general manager’s job, a Wizards spokesman said.

Newton, 39, was believed to have been the front-runner for the job from which Jim Paxson was fired after the Cavaliers collapsed late in the season. Cleveland tumbled out of the playoff race in a late-season swoon that dropped the Cavaliers from having the fourth-best record in the East to lottery status.

The Cavaliers on Thursday officially hired former Wizards assistant Mike Brown to replace former coach Paul Silas, making Brown, 35, the second-youngest coach in the NBA.

According to reports, the Cavaliers have offered the job of team president to Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown, Newton’s former coach at Kansas. Brown has denied those reports and says he wants to continue to coach if his health permits.

Newton, who played on a national championship team under Brown in 1988, was hired by the Wizards in 2003.

Newton was unavailable for comment last night.

John N. Mitchell

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