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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Sixers add Lloyd Pierce to Brett Brown's coaching staff

76ers first-year coach Brett Brown has added personnel to his staff.

The Sixers agreed to terms Sunday with Memphis assistant coach Lloyd Pierce, a league source told the Daily Times. The agreement with Pierce was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Pierce becomes the first member of Brown’s coaching staff. Earlier this summer, Pierce’s name was bandied about as one of the Sixers’ targeted candidates to fill their head coaching vacancy. Those reports never really panned out, and Pierce’s name faded out of the rumor mill, though it’s apparent the Sixers had their eyes on Pierce all along.

Brown was hired Aug. 21 by Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie. A day later, he cleaned house and dismissed the holdovers from previous coach Doug Collins’ regime, including associate head coach Michael Curry. At his introductory press conference, Brown said he hoped to have a complimentary coaching staff in place before the end of the month. Hiring Pierce would be a step toward reaching that goal.

Pierce, regarded around the league as an assistant coach on the rise, worked with the Grizzlies from 2011-13. Prior to joining Memphis, he was an assistant at Golden State for one season and a player-development coordinator with Cleveland for three seasons before that.

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