The Philadelphia 76ers have relieved Brett Brown of his head coaching duties, the team announced Monday.
Brown’s dismissal is expected to be a precursor for more upheaval with the 76ers, whose senior leadership — including general manager Elton Brand — will begin exploring changes in the front office structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
“I have a tremendous level of respect for Brett both personally and professionally and appreciate all he’s done for the 76ers organization and the City of Philadelphia,” Brand said in a statement. “He did many positive things during his time here, developing young talent and helping position our team for three straight postseason appearances.
“Unfortunately, we fell well short of our goals this year and I believe it is best to go in a new direction. This will be an important offseason for us as we look to get back on track towards our goal of competing for an NBA championship.”
Brown recorded a 221-344 record over seven seasons in Philadelphia. The Sixers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs in a four-game sweep by the Boston Celtics that finished over the weekend.
Early candidates for Philadelphia’s next head coach include Clippers assistant Ty Lue, Villanova’s Jay Wright, and 76ers assistant Ime Udoka, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
“I want to thank Brett for not only what he did as our Head Coach, but for the impactful community work he and his family did across the Greater Philadelphia Area over the last seven years,” said Josh Harris, 76ers Managing Partner. “He is a high-character coach and leader and we’re fortunate to have had him here. This is a difficult decision, but one we believe is necessary. I wish Brett and his family well.”
Brown guided the 76ers to the playoffs in each of the last three seasons. He was named the 25th head coach in franchise history in August of 2013.