Former Philadelphia 76er coach Gene Shue has been offered the job as head coach of the San Diego Braves, sources told The Washington Post yesterday.
Bernie Bickerstaff, Washington Bullet assistant coach, is in San Diego and is seeking the job.
Shue said he has not talked with Braves' owner Irving Levin, but said he was "definitely interested in the job. I'm certainly available and I think San Diego is a fabulous place." Levin would neither confirm nor deny that Shue was his man.
Levin did say Monday that he was talking with a man who was "a winner and a well-organized proven coach."
Levin owned the Boston Celtics last season, but when the shift of the Braves from Buffalo to San Diego was made, he traded franchises with John Y. Brown, owner of the Braves.
Brown said yesterday that he wanted Red Auerbach to stay with the Celtics as president and general manager, but Auerbach said he will negotiate with the New York Knicks and an unnamed additional NBA team while he mulls over Brown's offer.
Auerbach's contract expires Aug. 1. He added that he did not foresee any problems if he chooses to work with Brown, but said he was upset at not being consulted about the trade last week that sent Kevin Kunnert, Kermit Washington and Freeman Williams to San Diego for Marvin Barnes, Billy Knight and Nate Archibald.