Could basketball vagabond Larry Brown be on the move again?
The SMU coach and basketball Hall of Famer has been contacted by the Brooklyn Nets and Philadelphia 76ers about coaching in the NBA again, according to an anonymous source reported on SNY.tv.
The source said a third team, possibly the Los Angeles Clippers, has also contacted Brown.
The source did not say the amount of interest in Brown, or whether Brown is merely being consulted about the openings.
Brown and Nets general manager Billy King worked together as coach and GM with the 76ers. The Nets have been reported to be targeting Indiana Pacers assistant Brian Shaw and Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins.
Brown, 72, has completed one season at SMU and has said he is happy to be at a place where he can teach basketball to young talent.
Brown signed a highly-rated recruiting class, led by McDonald’s All-American Keith Frazier. He also moved his family to Dallas in the offseason and his son, L.J., will be a freshman at SMU in the fall.
The only coach to win titles in both the NBA and the NCAA, Brown had been out of coaching since resigning from the Charlotte Bobcats in the middle of the 2010-2011 season.
After coaching nine different NBA franchises, Brown didn’t appear to be a sought-after NBA commodity until coaching SMU to a 15-17 record last season.
The Dallas Morning News reported Brown is out of town and not available to comment on being considered for the NBA vacancies. Brown’s name was also mentioned as being on a list of candidates for the Nets’ job early last month.
In addition to the prized recruiting class Brown is bringing in, SMU’s Moody Coliseum is undergoing a $47 million renovation.
The one kink in Brown’s return to college coaching is that SMU was supposed to join the Big East for the 2013-14 season. Brown had hoped SMU would compete with many of the nation’s top basketball programs in the revered Big East.
Since then, the makeup of the conference has changed, with many of the top basketball schools leaving, and the conference will play under a new name: the American Athletic Conference.