A source familiar with each candidate's situation has confirmed that both Eddie Jordan and Dwane Casey have completed follow-up interviews with 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski and have met with Comcast-Spectacor president Peter Luukko on the vacant head coaching job.
Jordan believes he has completed the Sixers' interviewing process, according to a source familiar with his situation. And he will wait to see which direction Stefanski takes during the remainder of his search, which has included more than a half dozen confirmed interviews.
Stefanski is in Chicago for the 2009 NBA Draft Combine and is continuing his search from there.
Jordan coached the Washington Wizards for just over five seasons. He and Casey were original candidates along with Boston Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau, Los Angeles Lakers assistant Kurt Rambis, in-house candidate Chris Ford, and Villanova coach Jay Wright.
Wright immediately removed his name from consideration, and the Sixers have since informed Rambis that he is no longer a candidate.
The Sixers have confirmed that they planned to at least "reach out" to former New York Knicks and Houston Rockets head coach Jeff Van Gundy and ex-Chicago Bulls head coach Doug Collins, who spent his entire NBA playing career with the Sixers.
Jordan's first interview, during which he met Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider, took place exactly two weeks ago. The date of Jordan's second interview remained unconfirmed.
The same source said that Jordan, who has interviewed for Sacramento's vacancy, was also in a waiting game with that team. The Kings have announced that they are also going to interview both Thibodeau and Rambis.
While Stefanski's search appears to have life remaining, Charles Barkley, the former Sixers power forward and current TNT analyst, backed Jordan.
"I think Eddie Jordan would be a fine choice," Barkley said in a conference call for an approaching celebrity golf tournament. "I think they're going to have a good, solid team.
"They're pretty much stuck with the team they've got for the next few years because they're paying guys so much money. But I think Eddie Jordan would be a good coach. He did a good job with the Washington team. They probably overachieved getting to the playoffs every year."