Nearly two months from Doug Collins’ resignation and a month from the hiring of general manager Sam Hinkie, no news has been made. As other teams across the NBA are contacting and hiring their new coaches, the Sixers are laying low.
Former assistant coaches have landed their first head coaching gigs such as Mike Malone, Jeff Hornacek, Steve Clifford, and Mike Budenholzer.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have brought back a familiar face in Mike Brown, the man who took the team to the NBA Finals in the LeBron James’ era.
The Detroit Pistons are on the verge of hiring Oklahoma City Thunder assistant and former Sixers head coach Maurice Cheeks to be their next leader.
With more appealing jobs such as the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn Nets, Denver Nuggets after the shocking news that they have fired George Karl, and possibly the Memphis Grizzlies, it is unlikely that bigger named candidates such as Brian Shaw and George Karl would be intrigued by the Sixers’ rebuilding job.
With all of that said, Houston Rockets assistants Kelvin Sampson and Chris Finch have been linked to the job, but no serious news has been made.
Hinkie plans to focus more on the draft and building a roster first and choosing a new head coach second.
Those that are analytically minded the way that Hinkie is love Karl’s creativity on offense. Year after year, Karl adapts to his roster and seemingly always finds a way to create high percentage shots. However, it is unlikely that Karl would be interested in a team that is years away from being a contender.
There were reports that the Sixers had reached out to former coach Larry Brown about a return to Philadelphia, but Brown recently denied that the organization had contacted him.
Regardless, the longer that Hinkie waits, the likelihood that he is stuck with whatever is left remaining rather than having his choice increases.