The 76ers have received permission to talk to Houston Rockets assistant coach Kelvin Sampson, according to a league source.
The Philadelphia Inquirer first reported the news.
Sampson's potential candidacy makes sense given his relationship with new Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie, who comes from the Rockets organization, where Sampson has been a member of head coach Kevin McHale's staff for the last two seasons.
Sampson is perhaps best remembered, however, for a recruiting controversy while coaching at the college level at Indiana. The scandal, originally centering around then-recruit and current NBA star Eric Gordon, eventually revealed multiple major violations, cost Sampson his job, and saddled the university with NCAA sanctions.
Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported earlier this month that Sampson was also in line to interview for the Milwaukee Bucks' head-coaching job along with follow Rockets assistant Nate McMillan. Before arriving in Houston, Sampson served as an assistant on then-head coach Scott Skiles' staff in Milwaukee for two seasons.