Sixers to hire Spurs’ Udoka as lead assistant coach

Ime Udoka has been an assistant for Gregg Popovich and the Spurs since 2012.

The Philadelphia 76ers are adding San Antonio Spurs assistant Ime Udoka to the coaching staff, according to multiple reports.

Udoka will become the lead assistant under Sixers coach Brett Brown, ESPN’s Adrian Wojarowski reported.

The Sixers recently interviewed former Alabama coach Avery Johnson, but decided on Udoka as the replacement for Monty Williams, who left to coach the Phoenix Suns.

Udoka, 41, has been an assistant on Gregg Popovich’s staff with the Spurs since 2012. Before that, he was a 6-foot-6 swingman and NBA journeyman, spending time with five teams from 2000-12. He also played professionally overseas, as well as the G League.

Udoka interviewed with the Detroit Pistons last summer, the job eventually going to veteran coach Dwane Casey. He interviewed for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ head-coaching vacancy in early May. That job went to John Beilein.