Philadelphia 76ers Fire Brett Brown
The Philadelphia 76ers have fired Coach Brett Brown, the team announced Monday. Brown's dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval for the 76ers, who’s senior leadership -- including general manager Elton Brand -- will begin exploring changes in the front-office structure, sources said.
The franchise's plan is that Brand will continue to oversee basketball operations, sources said, but the personnel and structure in the front office is undergoing significant evaluation and change is looming. Brand met with Brown on Sunday night in Orlando, Florida, and conducted exit interviews with players before traveling back to Philadelphia on Monday afternoon after the Boston Celtics completed a four-game sweep in the Eastern Conference first-round series. This was the 76ers' third straight playoff appearance under Brown, but the loss of Simmons in the seeding games to a knee injury and surgery was a significant blow to their playoff chances.
The Sixers' plan for a head coach will focus on LA Clippers' assistant Ty Lue, sources said. Lue won a championship in 2016 as the Cleveland Cavaliers' head coach, and his ability to challenge and command the respect of high-level players makes him attractive to the Sixers -- and others -- in this job market.
Another possible candidate the Sixers are expected to gauge interest in, sources said: Villanova's two-time national championship coach, Jay Wright.