"Doc Rivers Out After Three Seasons: Sixers Launch Search for New Coach Amid Harden Free Agency"

The Philadelphia 76ers have announced the firing of coach Doc Rivers after three seasons with the team. Rivers' tenure ended with a 154-82 record, as the Sixers made the playoffs in each of those three seasons. Along the way, Brett Brown won an MVP award for the first time in team history and the team captured its most wins since 2000-01, with 54.

The search for a new coach has begun, with the likes of Mike Budenholzer, Sam Cassell, Mike D'Antoni, Nick Nurse, Frank Vogel and Monty Williams all being considered, according to ESPN.

Rivers is one of only five head coaches in NBA history to win in at least 16 consecutive seasons, winning a title during the initial season of that streak. However, he was unable to advance any further than the Eastern Conference Semifinal in each of his three seasons with the Sixers. The team is now faced with the uncertain future of star player James Harden, who is due to become a free agent in the off-season. Darryl Morey, President of Basketball Operations for the 76ers, made the following remarks: “Doc is one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, a future Hall of Famer, and someone I respect immensely. We're grateful for all he did in his three seasons here and thank him for the important impact he made on our franchise.”