Rivers was a late entry into a process that had increasingly focused on former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who still remains in consideration with the Sixers, according to sources at ESPN.
After the Los Angeles Clippers dismissed Rivers on Monday, the dynamics of the Sixers’ coaching search changed. Rivers was intrigued enough with the roster, market, and organization to fly off the West Coast to sit down with the Philadelphia hierarchy – owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, and general manager Elton Brand.
Rivers, 58, still had two years on his Clippers contract, sources say, so he has a significant amount of money left over, although generally compensation agreements on payment are put in place if a coach is hired. for a new job.
The Sixers also interviewed Clippers’ assistant Ty Lue this week, sources say, but Lue is emerging as a strong candidate to replace Rivers with the Clippers. The Clippers plan to interview other candidates, starting soon, sources said.
The New Orleans Pelicans plan to interview Lue in the near future as well, sources said. David Griffin, executive vice president of basketball operations for Lue and Pelicans, has a close bond, including working together to win an NBA title with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016.