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NBA rumors: Warriors' Mike Brown talking to 76ers about coaching job

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The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Brett Brown on Monday.

Is it possible that Warriors associate head coach, Mike Brown, becomes his successor?

"Communications are happening on that front," a league source told told Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. But no interview has been scheduled yet, and the two sides might not ever sit down face-to-face.

"The caveat, however, is the Brooklyn Nets opening, which appears to be the preferred destination for coaching candidates," Pompey writes. "Mike Brown has a solid relationship with Nets star Kevin Durant."

Does this mean Brown actively is seeking the Nets job? That remains unclear. But it's safe to assume his name will be linked in the weeks ahead to some of the high-profile head-coach openings in the NBA.

And speaking of "linked," there is growing speculation the Warriors and 76ers could discuss a blockbuster trade centered around Joel Embiid or Ben Simmons.

But Philadelphia general manager Elton Brand poured some cold water on that rumor Tuesday.

"I'm not looking to trade Ben or Joel," he told reporters. "I'm looking to complement them better. They are 24 and 26 years old, respectively. You try to make that fit as long as you can. They want to be here, they want to be with our organization, and I see them here for a long, long time."

It is somewhat noteworthy, however, that Brand did not definitively say the 76ers will not be trading either player. He definitely left the door open for that possibility.

 

So Brown -- who has been with the Warriors the last four seasons -- might not coach both players if he ends up in Philly. But let's pump the brakes as we are getting way ahead of ourselves.

The 50-year-old was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2008-09 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He coached the Los Angeles Lakers in 2011-12, and was fired five games into the 2012-13 season. Brown was re-hired by the Cavs in April 2013, but fired a little over one year later.

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He wants to be a head coach again, but only if it's the perfect fit.

"One of the things that I look at more than anything else -- there are only so many teams that truly have an opportunity to win it each year ... from there, you gotta look at the makeup of the team, the direction of the team," he explained to NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole in April 2018. "When it comes to being selective, it's not necessarily about going to a team that's a winning team or that has a winning record.

"The most important thing -- at least what I've seen in winning organizations -- is that there's a connection between the front office and the coaching staff; more importantly the general manager and the head coach."

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