Sources said the candidature of the rivers has gained momentum, though no offers have been made.
Rivers was a late entrant in the process focusing on former Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni, who still remains under consideration with the Sixers, sources tell ESPN.
Once the LA Clippers knocked out Rivers on Monday, the pace of the Sixers coaching search changed. Rivers is prepared enough to fly from the West Coast with rosters, markets and organization to sit alongside Philadelphia hierarchy owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer and general manager Elton Brand.
The 58-year-old River had two years left on his Clippers contract, sources said, so he has a significant amount of money, although he usually has offset agreements on payouts, putting a coach in a new job needed.
The Sixers also interviewed Clippers assistant Ty Lu this week, sources said, but Liars is emerging as a strong candidate to replace Rivers with Clears. Sources said that Cistern plans to interview other candidates starting soon.
Sources said the New Orleans Pelicans plan to interview Lew in the near future as well. Basketball Operation David Griffin has strong ties to Lay and Pelicans executive vice president, most notably working together with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016 to win the NBA title.