Brett Brown returning as Philadelphia 76ers head coach for 2019-20 season


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The speculation surrounding Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown’s immediate future is over. 

Brown will be returning to the team for the 2019-20 season, the Sixers confirmed Monday night. One day after the Sixers lost to the Toronto Raptors in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN that Brown would be back.

The Sixers will hold a press conference with Harris and general manager Elton Brand on Tuesday at 9 a.m. ET, followed by Brown’s presser at 10 a.m.

It was reported in the run-up to Sunday’s Game 7 that Brown could be fired if the 76ers failed to advance. They did not move on, losing in the second round for the second consecutive year thanks to Kawhi Leonard’s historic buzzer-beater.  

But Brown will be back with the team after all, with ESPN reporting the coach was removed from limbo following a “lengthy meeting” Monday between Brown, Harris and Brand where the team’s offseason plans were discussed. 

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