The Philadelphia 76ers have appointed former San Antonio Spurs assistant Brett Brown as their new head coach, according to Sports Illustrated.
Brown, who coached Australia at the 2012 Olympic Games, has reportedly been offered a four-year contract to replace Doug Collins who resigned from the position in April.
Brown had been a permanent fixture in the Spurs' organisation for over a decade, first joining as director of player development in 2002. He later went on to become one of Gregg Popovich's most trusted assistants after assuming a coaching role in 2005.
The 52-year-old becomes the 76ers' eighth coach in ten years, and will take the reins at Wells Fargo Center at a time when the franchise are set to begin a potentially painful rebuilding process.
The 2012-13 campaign proved to be largely disappointing for the 76ers, with Collins' side missing out on the postseason and arguably becoming the major losers of a blockbuster trade that saw talented former Los Angeles Lakers big man Andrew Bynum arrive in Philadelphia.
Despite the considerable expectations attached to Bynum, the 25-year-old didn't make a single appearance for the team after being plagued by injuries that affected both of his knees.
He has since signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers after the 76ers declined to offer him a further deal.
The moves made by 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie on the night of the 2013 NBA draft made the franchise's intentions for the new season explicitly clear.
As well as selecting promising Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams, the 76ers also made headlines after instigating a trade that sent All-Star guard Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for rookie forward Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick.
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