The Philadelphia 76ers have found their next head coach in Doc Rivers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
After a rapid courtship and negotiation, Doc Rivers has reached agreement on a deal to become the next coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 1, 2020
The report comes a day after Rivers and Philadelphia's front office met last night to interview for the vacancy. Wojnarowski reported that the 76ers head coaching search changed significantly when the Clippers let Rivers go on Monday. Former Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, who was an assistant under Brett Brown, was previously reported as the top candidate for the position.
Philadelphia also interviewed Ty Lue but he's expected to be the leading candidate to take over for Rivers in L.A. for the Clippers.
The hiring comes over a month after Philadelphia fired Brown after seven seasons at the helm following the team's exit in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The Boston Celtics easily swept the 76ers, 4-0.
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Like Brown, Rivers was also let go after seven seasons. His Clippers let a 3-1 series lead slip against the Denver Nuggets despite championship aspirations.
Following Brown's dismissal from the team, general manager Elton Brand said he would critically evaluate the current front office and Wojnarowski reported a potential organizational change-up was looming. Nobody in the front office has been removed.
Sixers star center Joel Embiid sent a couple of cryptic tweets following the report.
So Far Gone!!!— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020
“Take my verses too serious you’ll hate me”— Joel “Troel” Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) October 1, 2020