The Cleveland Cavaliers announced in a press statement Monday afternoon that Mike Brown has been fired as head coach.
Brown was in his second stint with the team and guided them to a 33-49 record this season, missing out on a playoff berth seen as vital to the future of the current core.
Cleveland also hired David Griffin as General Manager.
The Cavs gave Brown a five-year contract when they rehired him at the beginning of this season.
A lacklustre start and rumors of a locker-room split between both he and his players and between standout young star Dion Waiters and Kyrie Irving will no doubt have contributed to his third termination in four years, twice by the same team.
Brown returned to Cleveland after an unsuccessful tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. Brown left Cleveland in 2010, fired in May after losing to the Boston Celtics in 2010 Eastern Conference Semi-finals.
The removal means Brown will now seek employment elsewhere while still taking paychecks from the Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers for terminating his contract before it expired.
The Cavaliers join the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, Utah Jazz and Minnesota Timberwolves as teams all searching for new head coaches. The Detroit Pistons are currently helmed by interim coach John Loyer.