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Sixers Hire Lloyd Pierce As Assistant Coach

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Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports has reported that Grizzlies assistant coach Lloyd Pierce has agreed to take a "similar position" with the Sixers.

Lloyd Pierce (back) while with Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies.
Lloyd Pierce (back) while with Lionel Hollins and the Grizzlies.
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Less than 10 days after relieving Aaron Mckie, Jeff Capel, and Michael Curry of their duties, new head coach Brett Brown is beginning to fill in the pieces of his staff.

Marc Spears of Yahoo! Sports had the scoop:

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Sixers have agreed in principle to hire up and coming Grizzlies assistant coach Lloyd Pierce to a similar position, source told Y! Sports.</p>&mdash; Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) <a href="https://twitter.com/SpearsNBAYahoo/statuses/371755989453656064">August 25, 2013</a></blockquote>

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Pierce was a candidate for the formerly vacant Sixers head coaching position, as he interviewed with the team in July. He spent the last two seasons under Lionel Hollins with the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach, and spent the 2010 season with the Golden State Warriors.

Like Brown, Pierce also has a background in development. From 2007-2010, he was the coordinator of player development for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Newly acquired guard Tony Wroten could be the strongest beneficiary of the hire, as the two are familiar from their time with the Grizzlies.

Brown now has just two spots left to fill on his coaching staff.