Conflicting reports have surfaced over whether the Philadelphia 76ers are turning to the San Antonio bench for their new coach.
According to the New York Daily News, the Sixers have settled on former Spurs assistant Brett Brown as their new head coach. He would replace Doug Collins, who was let go when the Sixers decided not to renew the coach’s contract.
Brown spent seven years as an assistant to longtime Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, having spent the previous five years as a player development coach with San Antonio. The Daily News reports Brown was also a candidate to replace Doc Rivers in Boston and George Karl in Denver. Brian Shaw ended up getting the Denver job.
On Friday, ESPN reported that the 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie denied the report, saying that "nothing of that substance happened.” According to the report, Hinkie claimed he had yet to formally interview anyone for the job.
According to the San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio’s general manager R.C. Buford “described the news as premature.”
“I would leave it to the 76ers or Brett to comment,” he said. “To the best of my knowledge, I think people are jumping the gun on the process. But again, I’m not either the 76ers or Brett.”