The Sixers on Tuesday were granted permission to talk to five different coaching candidates, but according to one report, none of those candidates are actually in play.
ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted early Wednesday morning that the Sixers' search is really down to Michael Curry and Spurs assistant Brett Brown.
"No matter how many candidates Sixers interview," he wrote, "coaching insiders continue to insist Philly job is going to Michael Curry or Brett Brown.
"Philly's search [is] a lot like Houston's when Rockets last had an opening: Talk to everyone you can to download as much other-team info as you can.
"But word in coaching circles persists that Curry on one-year basis while team tanks or Brown off Spurs' bench [are] still Philly's top two options."
Curry joined Doug Collins' staff in 2010 and, following Collins' exit, served as the de facto head coach of the organization's summer league squad in Orlando. He has one prior year of head coaching experience with the Pistons during the 2008-09 season. Curry was given a three-year deal to replace the outgoing Flip Saunders but was fired after going 39-43 and losing in the first round of the playoffs in his first year.
Brown, meanwhile, was previously reported by the New York Daily News to have been hired by the Sixers on draft night, although general manager Sam Hinkie denied that report in his post-draft press conference.
Brown spent the last seven seasons as an assistant under Gregg Popovich. Before that, Brown was a player development coach for five years with the Spurs. He also coached the Australian national team in the 2010 London Olympics. He was previously linked to the head openings in Boston and Denver.
Stein added that Brown will be the Sixers' final interview.