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Sixers’ head coaching job is Mike D’Antoni’s to lose

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The Philadelphia 76ers head coaching hunt is in full swing. Per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, it seems like the job is Mike D’Antoni’s to lose.

According to the report, D’Antoni, a two-time NBA Coach of the Year, apparently already met with the Sixers ownership group. Rumors suggest that the 69-year old is the person they want to man the sidelines for their team next.

The sources have said it’s hard to tell who’s in charge because of ownership’s earlier-than-expected involvement. Sources have been saying for weeks that the job is D’Antoni’s to turn down. They say he’s the guy the ownership group wants. One source even said the 69-year-old would have to bomb his interview with the Sixers owners not to be offered the job.

D’Antoni has also reportedly met with Sixers GM Elton Brand. The former All-Star power forward is apparently pushing for Philadelphia to land the former Houston Rockets coach. Likewise, Sixers star Joel Embiid already reportedly gave his stamp of approval for D’Antoni. Apparently, the Cameroonian is excited about the prospect of playing under the offensive-minded coach.

The problem is that Brand is supposed to have a huge input on the hire. The ownership group is only supposed to approve or deny Brand’s suggestion.

But sources have said that D’Antoni met with ownership during the first round of interviews. The Sixers deny that ownership has had any involvement. However, sources have also said that Brand has met with D’Antoni and former candidate Donovan, who withdrew from consideration Monday to accept the Bulls job.

Now, word is leaking out that Brand is pushing hard for the Sixers to hire D’Antoni and that Embiid gave his blessing.

According to multiple sources, Embiid is happy that he’ll face the basket instead of posting up in D’Antoni’s proposed five-out system. D’Antoni’s plan is to move Tobias Harris back to power forward. The Sixers will also make trades if he’s hired, according to reports. The expectation is that he’ll have a say in picking players for his freewheeling style of play.

In addition to D’Antoni, Clippers assistant Ty Lue is also one of the top candidates for the Sixers coaching job. However, it seems like his hiring process isn’t gaining as much momentum as D’Antoni’s.