The source yesterday also said that while Brown has been offered the job, there is no time frame for the team to expect an answer. Even if Brown decides to take the position, there most likely won't be an announcement by the team before Monday, the source said.
Brown met with Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie on Wednesday in New York. It wasn't the first meeting between the two; Hinkie, then an assistant GM with the Houston Rockets, met with Brown a couple of years ago for a position with that team.
The Sixers have been without a head coach since Doug Collins stepped down on April 18, the day after the team completed a 34-48 season. Since then, there have been numerous rumors and a plethora of names bandied about as to who may replace Collins.
Brown played for Pitino at Boston University from 1980 to '83 and was the team's most valuable player in 1981. In high school, Brown played at South Portland (Maine) for his father, a New England Basketball Hall of Fame coach. Bob Brown went on to become an assistant coach at Boston University while Brett Brown played there.
Brown's seasons as director of player development in San Antonio would be a huge benefit for a youthful Sixers squad. While they have huge upsides, rookies Michael Carter-Williams and Noel also have huge bust potential. So the next coach must be a good developer of talent.
Brown had a hand in the development of NBA all-star point guard Tony Parker, whose scoring average went from 9.2 to 15.5 during the first season he worked with Brown.
"He's going to be a great coach, he's really knowledgeable, has great energy, great vision at both ends of the court and a great way with players," said Mike Budenholzer, who was an assistant with Brown in San Antonio before taking the Atlanta head coaching job in late May. "Players respect him. He's demanding but they love him. He's got a great sense of humor but he's a great competitor, too. The competitive nature for Brett may be with his good nature, but he's a tough, competitive dude and that's more important to him than anything. In that city he's a fit, because he's blue-collar and he's a tough dude. He's a competitive person in every way, shape and form at every moment. At this level everyone is a competitor, but Brett has that extra level of competitiveness."