Spurs Assistant Brett Brown Reportedly Interested in Coaching Boston Celtics

Zach BuckleyNational NBA Featured ColumnistJune 28, 2013

Brett Brown's official title might read San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, but his position might as well be called springboard to a head coaching gig.

Gregg Popovich, the living legend who guided the Spurs to the 2013 NBA Finals, has been feeding the coaching ranks for years.

In the past 12 months, three of Pop's former prodigies have been handed the keys to their own franchises. Jacque Vaughn took over the Orlando Magic last summer, while Mike Brown and Mike Budenholzer followed suit this offseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks, respectively.

Now Brown appears to be the next in line. He's drawing interest from the last two coach-less teams in the league: the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers.

The Atlantic Division rivals offer similar daunting tasks, but one may already have a leg up in the race.

Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe reports that Brown, who was born in Portland, Maine and played college hoops at Boston University, is "extremely" interested in becoming the Celtics next head coach according to league sources.

In order for Brown's interest to translate into employment, though, the Celtics may need to act quickly. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reported on Thursday that the 76ers had already hired Brown, but Philadelphia general manager Sam Hinkie later refuted that report according to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Enquirer.

Even if the report was off base, though, Philadelphia's interest in Brown is legitimate. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reported earlier in the week that the 76ers requested and received permission to interview Brown about their coaching vacancy.

Both teams are in full-on rebuilding mode as evidenced by a pair of blockbuster draft-day trades.

The Celtics agreed to send a trio of veterans (Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry) to the Brooklyn Nets for a package built around young players and future draft picks, via Sam Amick of USA Today.

The 76ers cut ties with first-year All-Star Jrue Holiday dealing him to the New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel (the No. 6 pick on Thursday night) and a top-five protected 2014 first-round selection, per ESPN.com.

Perhaps, the thought of a lengthy reclamation project doesn't seem quite as discouraging when it's taking place in Brown's backyard.

Of course, the assistant doesn't have to align himself with either of the two gutted franchises. As Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News reports, Spurs GM R.C. Buford said Brown's still in line to become Popovich's lead assistant if he opts to stay in the Alamo City.

And if recent history is any indication, Brown wouldn't have to wait long before the next job offer comes his way.