The classiest of farewells to Philadelphia from Brett Brown: pic.twitter.com/MYDslwivRh
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) August 24, 2020
By Sally Fahey
The Sixers dumped coach Brett Brown yesterday after their embarrassingly early exit from the playoffs on Sunday.
In seven season Brown went 221-344 with the Sixers in the regular season. He led the team to the second round of the playoffs two times.
The Sixers were close to getting to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2019, but Kawhi Leonard hit one of the greatest shots in NBA history to send the Toronto Raptors to the conference finals and the Sixers home.
The Sixers’ 2019 offseason was unproductive after they got bounced by the Raptors. They lost Jimmy Butler to the Miami Heat and J.J. Redick to the New Orleans Pelicans.
While Philly acquired Josh Richardson from the Heat in the Butler sign-and-trade deal, he was pretty inconsistent in 2019-20 and the addition of Al Horford was a disaster. The All-Star’s contract is so bad moving forward that the Sixers should probably trade him before hiring a new coach.
Even though Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are a questionable fit, the Sixers would be wise to keep both stars and acquire more shooting around them. Philadelphia should also think about finding a way to get off of Tobias Harris’ contract, though that will be difficult since he was exposed during the bubble games and he signed the richest deal in Sixers franchise history last offseason.