Sixers coaching search heating up

Atlanta Hawks assistant Quin Synder. (Rod Aydelotte/AP file photo)

The 76ers coaching search is heating up.

The team interviewed Boston Celtics assistant Jay Larranaga on Tuesday, Yahoo! Sports is reporting. The Sixers are, reportedly, also going to interview Atlanta Hawks assistants Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson.

Larranaga, whose father, Jim Larranaga, is the University of Miami coach, was considered a candidate for the Celtics coaching job before Brad Stevens was hired as Doc Rivers' replacement.

The 38-year-old was the coach of the Erie BayHawks for the NBA Development League for two seasons before joining the Celtics staff. Larranaga also had a two-year stint as the Irish national teams coach.

This news comes one day after it was reported that Sixers would also interview Chicago Bulls assistant Ed Pinckney and Adrian Griffin for the coaching job.

The Sixers are expected to interview assistant coach Michael Curry. Five other NBA assistants - Brett Brown (San Antonio Spurs), David Fizdale (Miami Heat), Melvin Hunt (Denver Nuggets), Chris Finch (Houston Rockets) and Kelvin Sampson (Houston Rockets) - have been mentioned as candidates for the job.

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