Rumor: Mike D’Antoni’s potentially diabolical plan involving Sixers, other NBA teams
Mike D’Antoni has been heavily rumored to become the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers after he decided not to return to the Houston Rockets.
However, according to Kyle Neubeck of Philly Voice, some around the NBA believe the former Coach of the Year could be using the Sixers as leverage to get another job:
Some are more skeptical that the interest is a two-way street. Multiple league sources who spoke with PhillyVoice have questioned whether Mike D’Antoni is genuinely interested in the job or whether it’s a leverage play to get a better deal elsewhere. There are other teams, most notably the Pacers and Pelicans, with rosters that better suit his style of basketball.
The Sixers, Oklahoma City Thunder, New Orleans Pelicans and Indiana Pacers all need a new head coach.
D’Antoni, for what it’s worth, has been linked to the Pacers.
The Sixers got swept in the first round of the 2020 playoffs by the Boston Celtics at Walt Disney World. The team played without All-Star Ben Simmons, who underwent surgery on his knee.
Sixers general manager Elton Brand fired head coach Brett Brown after the playoffs ended.
D’Antoni is a gifted offensive coach who started to take defense a little more seriously with the Rockets the past couple of years, so it’s going to be very interesting to see where he lands.
Along with D’Antoni, the Sixers could also potentially hire Los Angeles Clippers assistant coach Tyronn Lue, who won the 2016 championship with the Cleveland Cavaliers as the team’s head coach.