After the first 50-win season for the franchise since the 2000-01 campaign, the Philadelphia 76ers and head coach Brett Brown have reportedly come to an agreement on a contract extension. The news was first broken by ESPN NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski on Wednesday night.
Sixers coach Brett Brown has reached agreement on a three-year contract extension, league source tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Although many opposed some of Brown's coaching decisions throughout the 2017-2018 season, the contract extension is well-deserved. Brown took a team from 10 wins to 52 in a matter of two years, while helping them to claim the three seed in the Eastern Conference for the 2018 NBA Playoffs.
There were rumors floating around after the playoff series loss to the Boston Celtics that one of the main goals the 76ers organization had in the offseason was to resign Brown. Without the extension, Brown would have been in the final year of his contract moving into the 2018-2019 season, something that 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager, Bryan Colangelo, wanted to avoid.
Brown had one year left on his existing contract, so he’s signed through the 2021-2022 season. Significant commitment by Sixers reflecting franchise’s tremendous progress under Brown. https://t.co/9QTJ8dYvF4— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) May 30, 2018
Brown's overall NBA coaching record moving into the 2018 season is a lowly 127-283 (.310 win-loss percentage,) however this is sure to change quickly with the quick development of the team. The Sixers finished in the top-10 in points, field-goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage. In addition, the team was one of the best defensive units in the league, ranking third in defensive rating and fourth in net rating.
After the first winning season of Brown's tenure in Philadelphia, the organization is clearly ready to commit to him as the coach to lead this young team into the future.