Aaron McKie (left) and Michael Curry (right) each had a year remaining on their contracts. (USA Today Images, AP)
General manager Sam Hinkie said Wednesday that he wanted to come to a decision quickly regarding the remainder of his coaching staff after the hiring of Brett Brown.
That decision came two days later.
Sixers assistant coaches Michael Curry, Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel have been dismissed with one season remaining on their contracts on Friday.
“This decision takes nothing away from the talent and loyalty of Michael Curry, Aaron McKie and Jeff Capel, but is more about making a fresh start here in Philadelphia,” Brown said in a statement. “I respect the way this staff did their job and how they handled themselves with tremendous class and professionalism, which needs to be acknowledged. I am grateful for all the work they've done this off-season leading up to this decision.”
Curry, a former head coach with Detroit, was the top assistant under former coach Doug Collins and a finalist for the job that went to Brown this week. Responsible for the defensive schemes, Curry had a solid rapport with the team’s players and coached the club’s summer league squad the past few years.
McKie, a legendary Philadelphia player, went to Simon Gratz and Temple before winning the Sixth-Man of the year Award with the Sixers in 2001. In 13 NBA seasons, McKie played for the Blazers, Pistons, Lakers and Sixers.
Capel coached Fayatteville State, North Carolina A&T and Old Dominion in college before serving as an assistant with the Charlotte Bobcats. He joined Collins’ staff in 2011.