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Sixers fire head coach Brett Brown [UPDATE]

Following their first-round sweep by the Celtics, the Sixers are going to move on from head coach Brett Brown.

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown reacts after receiving a technical foul against the Boston Celtics during the third quarter in game four of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at The Field House. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Aug. 24, 5:00 p.m. — The Sixers have fired Brown, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Apparently the Sixers will also re-evaluated the entire front office after the season.

Brown spent 7 seasons with the Sixers, finishing with a 221-344 record overall. After four miserable seasons, the team showed signs of life in 2017-18, making the playoffs and advancing to the second round. The Sixers made three straight playoff appearances before Brown was fired. Here’s the official statement.

The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to part ways with head coach Brett Brown, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported early Monday morning. The Sixers are going to be looking for a new head coach after failing to put up any fight against the Boston Celtics in the first round, getting swept in four games. Philly will begin its search for a new head coach soon, bringing in somebody who can either make Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons work or lead the team into a new era.

Prior to their early exit from the playoffs and the season-ending knee injury to Simmons, the Sixers had been underachieving anyway. They went into the seeding round hovering around the 4-5 seed in the East before dropping down to No. 6. Had they performed better in the seeding round, claiming the 4 or 5 seed would have gone a long way in making things easier against either the Indiana Pacers or Miami Heat.

Now, onto GM Elton Brand. The team exercised the option for Brand for next season, so he appears to be staying at least for one more year. Per Shams, he has maintained a healthy relationship with ownership and should be staying put. The team also believes in the core of Embiid and Simmons, and could move forward with both players on the roster. That is still to be seen.

As for early candidates for the Sixers job, Shams reports that assistant coach Ime Udoka, Clippers assistant Ty Lue, Villanova coach Jay Wright and former Grizzlies coach Dave Joerger are on the short list.

One surprise name coming up who could become a candidate for some teams is former NBA big Juwan Howard, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.