According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers have received permission to talk with Rockets assistant Kelvin Sampson about their head coaching vacancy.
Sampson is one of the hottest names on the head coaching trail in this offseason, as his name has been mentioned for openings in Milwaukee, Charlotte, Detroit, and Philadelphia. According to reports, he has interviewed with both the Bucks and the Bobcats. The Sixers' interest makes sense especially after former Rockets' Executive VP of Basketball Operations Sam Hinkie became the Sixers' President of Basketball Operations/General Manager earlier this week.
Sampson is a two-time NCAA National Coach of the Year and is highly regarded for his basketball acumen around the league. This past season, he proved his NBA head-coaching chops when Kevin McHale took leave to tend to his 23-year-old daughter, Sasha. In that time, with a young team early on in its chemistry-development stages, Sampson was 7-6 on the interim. He has also done extensive work for USA Basketball and spent three years as an assistant with the Bucks before coming to Houston and joining McHale's staff.