The Sixers have fired Brett Brown, per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval with the 76ers, whose senior leadership – including general manager Elton Brand — will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, sources said. https://t.co/iQtX3EGO9t
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 24, 2020
The 76ers got swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the 2020 playoffs. They played without All-Star point-forward Ben Simmons, who was out due to knee surgery.
Brett Brown went 221-344 with the Sixers in seven seasons. He was part of the “Process” years early on and deserves tremendous credit for coaching through those putrid seasons. The Sixers won just 10 games in 2015-16, but Brown coached hard every night.
It will be interesting to see who the Sixers hire as their next head coach. Wojnarowski is reporting that Los Angeles Clippers assistant Tyronn Lue and Villanova’s Jay Wright are two names to keep an eye on.
“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.”
General manager Elton Brand has some decisions to make with the roster as well. Simmons and Joel Embiid continue to be a questionable fit, though most Sixers fans believe the arrival of Al Horford made things even worse.
Look for Philadelphia to try and trade Horford this offseason and acquire more shooters around Simmons and Embiid.
Brown could possibly get picked up by a team as an assistant coach. Although he did a solid job in helping the team make the playoffs after some down years, it’s time for a new voice in the Sixers locker room.