The Sixers' coaching search appears to be heating up.
According to ESPN.com's Chris Broussard, the Sixers have been granted permission to interview Chicago Bulls assistants Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin to fill their head coaching vacancy.
Meanwhile, Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears reports that the Sixers have also received permission to interview Miami Heat assistant coach David Fizdale. Spears adds that the Sixers contacted the Denver Nuggets about interviewing assistant Melvin Hunt.
Last week, sources told CSNPhilly.com's Dei Lynam that the Sixers also intend to interview Boston Celtics assistant coach Jay Larranaga for the job.
Pinckney joined the Bulls' staff in 2010 after spending the 2009-10 season as the Sixers' color analyst. Following 13 seasons in the NBA, the Villanova product began his coaching career by serving as an assistant for the Wildcats from 2003 to 2007. Pinckney also spent time as an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves and as the Miami Heat's director of mentoring programs.
Griffin also became a member of Tom Thibodeau's Chicago staff in 2010. He had previously served as an assistant with the Milwaukee Bucks for two seasons after ending his 10-year NBA career.
Fizdale began coaching as an assistant at his alma mater, the University of San Diego, in 1998. Fizdale spent time at Fresno State before making the jump to the NBA in 2003 with Golden State. He moved on to the Atlanta Hawks' coaching staff from 2004 to 2008 before spending the last five seasons with the reigning champion Heat.
Hunt has spent the past two seasons on the bench for the Nuggets. Prior to that, he served as an assistant with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Los Angeles Lakers. Hunt also had a five-year stint with the Houston Rockets, serving in numerous roles that included assistant coach, college/international scout and video coordinator.