Report: Brett Brown ‘Without Internal Momentum to Return’
As the final buzzer sounded on the Sixers 2019-2020 season, it could also signal the end of head coach Brett Brown's tenure in Philadelphia. Brown, who was hired in 2013, bringing the Sixers through the process years, is 221-345 as head coach.
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, a decision on Brown could come soon, looking likely that he will not be back with the team even though he still has two seasons and $10 million left on his contract.
Yahoo Sports NBA writer Chris Haynes confirmed that Brown's tenure in Philadelphia could be coming to a close.
Within coaching circles, the anticipation is the Sixers will part ways with head coach Brett Brown in the coming days, league sources told Yahoo Sports. His contract runs through the 2021-22 season.
Sixers first-year player Josh Richardson, acquired in a offseason trade with Miami in exchange for Jimmy Butler, called Brown out for the teams lack of accountability.
“I don’t think there was much accountability this season and that was part of the problem,” Richardson told reporters.
After four losing seasons, Brown led the Sixers to 52 and 51 wins and won first-round playoff series in both years. This season, after making multiple roster changes, the expectations were to advance out of round two, but a first-round exit might have sealed Brown's fate.
Brown declined to answer questions about his future after the game, saying that his thoughts were on the game, not his future when asked about what he is proud of during his seven years in Philadelphia.
"Right now my thoughts are really with the game, and the series that just went by," Brown told reporters on his zoom press conference.
As for this season, a clunky roster, injuries and inconsistency did the Sixers in, and ultimately led to the teams demise.
"This season was riddled with an amazing abundance of injuries, I think this season was a challenge with putting people in place," Brown explained.
While getting rid of Brown will not solve all of the Sixers problems, its probably the most likely move, with multiple high-priced contracts that will be tough to move from Elton Brand this offseason.
ESPN's Doris Burke mentioned on the ABC broadcast that the organization should be looking at more than Brown.
"I think you have to take a look at the organization from the top down," Burke said. “I wouldn’t just be looking at Brett Brown. I’d be looking at the decisions made across the board.”