Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
The Hawks miss Brand too. They have been inconsistent this season and one could point to the absences of his leadership and toughness as one reason. “He is going to bring (leadership to the 76ers) in multitudes of hundreds or thousands,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “He’s one of the most incredible leaders I’ve ever been around. And as a person. To have person like that in your locker room every day, in your practice every day, on your bench every day, I think it’s huge value. It was a move that made sense for both of them. For the organization, it’s a really smart move. For Elton, to decide he wanted to get back and help the Sixers organization and help these young players and give back speaks a lot to his character and what kind of guy he is.”
But that probably won’t happen, especially with the Clippers still confident in their chances. The Clippers aren’t having serious discussions about trading Griffin, especially not with Denver or with Philadelphia.
“I get where we’re at with this program,” Brown said. “I agreed to be the coach knowing that this happens. I’ve got to put my hand up and be a good leader and coach the group that’s going to help move us forward and put us in a better position next year to be better than we are now. Sometimes that comes with decisions that are difficult. I truly am in a good place.”
Still, Brown’s preference would be keeping the deadline transactions to a minimum. He had 48 players (25 and 23) in his first two seasons with the Sixers and doesn’t want to go through “coaching gypsies” again. “To say it’s not a problem and just as easy coaching a new guy is completely not true — it’s not at all,” he said. “It’s difficult.”
The Philadelphia 76ers promoted executive Brandon Williams to the newly created position of chief of staff, reporting to general manager Sam Hinkie, league sources told The Vertical. In Williams’ new role, he’ll have broader oversight on matters that include player development, agent relations and recruiting.