The 76ers' search for a coach took them to Dallas, where team president and general manager Ed Stefanski met Sunday with Bill Laimbeer and Sam Mitchell.

Joining Stefanski in the meetings were assistant general manager Tony DiLeo and consultant Gene Shue.

An assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves, the 52-year-old Laimbeer won three WNBA titles as coach of the Detroit Shock. He played 14 seasons in the NBA, achieving all-star status as a center with the Pistons.

Mitchell, 46, was named the NBA coach of the year in 2006-07, when he directed the Toronto Raptors to a 47-35 record. The Raptors dismissed him early in the 2008-09 season. His record in Toronto was 156-189. Mitchell played 13 seasons in the NBA.

"Certainly Bill Laimbeer's credentials as a player and success as a coach . . . speak for themselves," Stefanski said. "Sam has been a successful head coach in the league."

On Monday, Stefanski will meet with Phoenix assistant Dan Majerle and Portland assistant Monty Williams.