In the midst of the mini-bombshell that was Jerry Colangelo's introductory press conference, Philadelphia 76ers' co-managing owner Joshua Harris noted that the front office was "committed to [head coach] Brett [Brown], and are in deep conversations about his contract."
Almost simultaneously, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports tweeted the following:
Despite management shakeup, Sixers committed to coach Brett Brown -- and a contract extension is very likely, league sources tell Yahoo.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) December 7, 2015
On one hand, an extension isn't entirely shocking: The 54-year-old Brown has been nothing but the consummate professional ever since he signed a four-year deal back in the summer of 2013. However, in two-plus seasons as the Sixers' head coach, Brown has a career record of 38-147. By and large, coaches whose career winning percentage hovers slightly above the Mendoza line don't necessarily merit extensions, but there are extenuating circumstances surrounding the Sixers that give the former San Antonio Spurs' assistant a fair amount of cover.
Brown was coy when asked about his contract status prior to training camp, and general manager Sam Hinkie was similarly evasive, saying that the two sides hadn't discussed the matter as of late September. At some point between then and now, all of the required parties came together, and based on Harris' comments, they appear to be close to finalizing a deal.
Of course, with the 76ers currently sporting a 1-20 record, it's a good chance that there is and/or will be a timing issue inherent with announcing any extension. But a quick read of the tea leaves shows that Brown will remain at the helm of the Sixers for several years to come.