The Sixers Aren't the Only Team Looking for a New Head Coach

The Sixers Aren't the Only Team Looking for a New Head Coach

The way it's been talked about so far, it's almost as if the Sixers' search for a new head coach exists in a vacuum.

Brian Shaw and Mike Brown are at the top of the Sixers' list.

The Sixers are really high on Shaw and Mike Malone.

The Sixers have officially reached out to Shaw.

The Sixers will interview Malone and Jeff Hornacek.

But the Sixers aren't the only team looking for a new coach.

At current, the Nets, Bucks, Pistons and Bobcats are also looking for replacements for P.J. Carlesimo (via Avery Johnson), Jim Boylan, Lawrence Frank and Mike Dunlap.

It looks as if Larry Drew and his staff are also about to be kicked out of Atlanta.

Don't discredit the remaining possibility of future openings in Los Angeles, should the Lakers go all-in on Dwight Howard or the Clippers opt to cut ties with Vinny Del Negro.

Point is: although the Sixers may be interested in candidates X, Y and Z, they are not alone in their interest.

Take a look at what happened with Brown. No sooner was he mentioned as a candidate for the Sixers than he re-signed in Cleveland. Shaw has already in his career interviewed for nine different head coaching vacancies, but remains an attractive and available assistant because none of those were the right "fit."

The NBA world the Sixers currently inhabit is one in which their open head coaching gig is not exactly desirable. It's the reason they likely won't attract top-tier candidates and the reason still others may be gun-shy about taking the job based on the possibility that failure could preclude them from coaching again.

Of the current openings, the Sixers' job is certainly better than the one in Charlotte, but that's about it. Even Detroit just landed Phil Jackson as some kind of consultant, suggesting they maybe have a direction to sell.

But the Sixers — as currently constituted, presumably without Andrew Bynum — are going nowhere, making this an opening where a coach will be hired to get fired (or in Doug's case, resign).

So if you really want a head coaching job right now, come to Philadelphia. Otherwise, there are other openings available. There will be yet even more in the future.

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders

Phillies officially sign outfielder Michael Saunders

The Phillies on Thursday officially announced the signing of outfielder Michael Saunders to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018. 

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Saunders will make $9 million this season with the Phillies and the club option for 2018 will be worth $11 million with escalators potentially pushing it to $14 million.

Saunders, 30, is the left-handed hitting outfield bat the Phils were seeking. He hit 24 home runs for the Blue Jays last season in his walk year, making the AL All-Star team before slumping in the second half.

Saunders hit .298/.372/.551 with 16 homers in 82 games for the Blue Jays before the All-Star break, then hit .178/.282/.357 with eight homers in 58 games after.

He had a good year against same-handed pitching, hitting .275 with a .927 OPS and eight homers against lefties. 

He'll likely start in right field for the Phillies, with Odubel Herrera in center and Howie Kendrick in left (see Phils' projected lineup).

Saunders can also play first base, which could allow the Phillies to sit Tommy Joseph against a tough right-hander and fill in the outfield.

It was important to Phillies GM Matt Klentak that the player he signed to fill the spot in the outfield was not going to block young outfielders like Roman Quinn, Nick Williams and others.

On a one-year deal, Saunders came relatively cheap to the Phils, lingering in free agency as other hitters found contracts. In the middle of last summer, Saunders seemed poised for a multi-year contract like the four-year, $52 million deal Josh Reddick signed with the Astros. His second half cost him some money.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Saunders, the Phillies designated right-hander Severino Gonzalez for assignment.

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

There's another Embiid WWE 2K17 entrance and it includes Hinkie

He’s done it again.
 
Eleven days ago, Sixers social media went wild over a video that showed Joel Embiid walking out to the ring as a WWE character in WWE 2K17. Well, YouTube user Hillman811 is back with an even better version of the video complete with Sam Hinkie and fans chanting.
 
The first video sparked questions to Embiid about his favorite WWE wrestler, and he even did his own Triple H introduction at the Wells Fargo Center after The Game threw him an All-Star vote (see story).
 
Watch the video below and let your mind run wild with what this would look like if it actually happened.