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Philadelphia to extend contract of coach Doug Collins

May 29, 2012, 9:41 AM EDT

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There was a time in the middle of the season when the Philadelphia 76ers were slumping and the report was the young team had tuned out its old coach Doug Collins.

But during the playoffs, when they advanced to the second round, they were clearly on he same page.

With that, Collins is expected to get his contract extended soon, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer (via IamaGM.com).

(Owner Josh) Harris said Sunday that Collins’ contract, which is guaranteed for one more year and contains a club option for the 2013-14 season, probably will be extended soon.

“We haven’t sat down and had that discussion yet, but we want Doug to be here a long, long time,” Harris said. “We consider Doug a real asset of the organization.”

Doug will have his work cut out for him because we could see some pretty serious roster turnover next season in Philly. Lou Williams is expected to opt out and test the free agent market, where he would join Spencer Hawes and Jodie Meeks. Plus, it will be another summer of Andre Iguodala trade rumors. Then the Sixers could trade or amnesty Elton Brand. So yes, a lot of turnover may be on its way.

  1. PushDumpFatButton - May 29, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Reblogged this on Push Dump Fat Button.

  2. kvanhorn87 - May 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

    This team is going to be extremely different next year. Another great reason to lock up Collins and set the tone that he is the only one here to stay. I could see Williams, hawes, brand, iggy, Meeks and either turner or Holliday all gone. Time to make a run at a new star. They have the flexibility to get a Howard and deron Williams. Real black horses this offseason.

    • biasedhomer - May 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

      All 6 of those players gone? That would be too much.

      Williams and Hawes I can see gone. Williams will want too much money and Hawes is too injury prone.

      Meeks is a good 3 point shooter off the bench, they do not have anyone to replace him with.

      I doubt you can trade Brand, unless you are going to take on a horrible contract (like Hedo). Amnesty Brand and pay him to play somewhere else, but with that freed up cap space who out there in FA is worth it to replace Brand? Maybe Humphries.

      Iggy of course maybe traded. If he is traded, I could see Turner playing at SF.
      If he is not, then I could see one of Turner or Jrue traded, since both will be fighting for the PG spot.

    • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      They certainly have the ability to go get a Howard/Williams thanks to the amnesty clause, but the problem with that is neither Williams nor Howard have ever mentioned being interested in playing for the 6ers.

      Personally I think Howard would be a great fit, and the 6ers could put together a pretty good package for him around some combination of Iggy, Turner, Holiday, Young, ect…but again, there is no indication that Howard would want to play in Philly. Williams seems destined to either stay in NJ or move to Dallas, but again it could work. They could amnesty Brand, move Holiday for a shooter/PF replacement and offer Deron a Max deal. They’d be able to keep either Lou or Hawes also, so he’d even have a solid supporting cast.

      A guy can dream though right?

    • obamablowz - May 29, 2012 at 1:50 PM

      Howard is a bum

  3. jamesmichaelworm - May 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Trust me sixers wont be as good next or make it as far…everyone is basing results off this shortened season…i think teams like Indiana and philly were inflated by the shortened season and injuries.

  4. kvanhorn87 - May 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

    Meeks may not want to come back with the inevitable progression of turner and likely decrease minutes. Of course if turner is traded, then Meeks will re-sign. Unfortunately, turner and Jrue shine in the same role. Hawes hopefully will not be signed. Lou Williams will go where he can win. Trade Iggy and Holliday to Orlando for Howard. Then amnesty brand and with that money, along with Hawes/Meeks/Lou Williams money sign Deron Williams. You will have a nice start. Evan Turner, deron, Howard, fill in the pieces.

    • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      I gave you a thumbs up because that would be awesome, but you can’t realistically think thats possible right? I’ll play along for funs sake. This would leave the bench awfully thin. Allen looks like a good rotational player if they can bring him back, but there really isn’t much else left. Meeks is really no better than average, and probably a little worse than average since his 3 pt percentage really was that great. So, they would need to add two decent bench options and a wing player. That wing player would need to have a pretty good jump shot too, because out of the 4 starters you mentioned, only Williams can scare anyone from outside.

      Back to reality again, Orlando seems hell bent on including Hedo in any Howard deal, so…..yeah.

  5. kvanhorn87 - May 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    And Thad young in that starting 5

  6. thesportsguru7 - May 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    There is no way that Howard and or Williams is coming to the Sixers, that shouldn’t even be in any of your heads. I do see them parting ways with Igoudala, and using the amnesty clause on Elton Brand. I think Lou Williams will come back, and they’ll have a nice back court of Holliday, Turner and Williams. They’ll probably bring in another veteran point guard to tutor Holliday.

    I agree with the rumors of them signing Humphries as a replacement for Elton Brand. Humphries can certainly average 10 and 8 for a lot less money than Brand.

    The Igoudala trade will be the most interesting part of this offseason. Do they trade him the Lakers for Gasol? Anyway you look at it, I don’t think they get the superstar that all Sixers fans want this offseason. But they will certainly build a team that has a chance for one the following offseason, perhaps a Carmelo Anthony or Blake Griffin?

  7. sledgehorn - May 29, 2012 at 11:24 AM

    Am I the only 76ers fan that is against using the amnesty on Brand? His contract ends next year, he isn’t a horrible player, he played pretty solid in the playoffs. And there are no huge free agents this off-season to clear cap for. Deron Williams? Bleh. And Dwight Howard doesn’t want to play here. Keep Brand for a year, save the amnesty for someone else.

    • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 11:49 AM

      It takes patience to think rationally like that, and most Sixer fans (or fans of any team really) are going to have a hard time being patient just a couple days after an unlikely run through the playoffs. Without using the amnesty of Brand they simply cannot improve enough to take the another step next year. They’ll still be good defensively and they’ll probably get a little better offensively due to the maturing of the youngsters, but it’ll be out in the second round again.

      I disagree with the “Bleh” about Williams. He’s a star. I would trade Holiday in a heart beat for a bench scorer and serviceable starter if it meant getting Deron. He would be my first choice over Howard I think (actually, i can’t completely sell myself on that yet), although Turner will have to adjust to playing off the ball again which may not work. Maybe he then turns into trade bait to replace Brand.

    • thesportsguru7 - May 29, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      If you were a business man, and lets not forget the NBA is a business. Would you want to pay $18 million dollars to a player who averaged 11 pts and 7 rebounds a game. Or do you think you would be better off getting rid of the contract, and using that money on say Kris Humphries who averaged 13 and 11? Kris Humphries will take 11-12 million a year, which gives the Sixers an extra 6 or 7 million dollars to add more pieces to the team.

  8. miamatt - May 29, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Gotta give the Sixers credit. Sure, Rose’s injury opened the door, but most thought the Bulls still had that series. To not only take advantage of that particular opportunity, but to push the Celtics to seven games, was awesome to see.

    I’ll admit I thought Collins had to go as Philly floundered through the latter half of the regular season, but that playoff run sure changed things in my eyes. I’m not a Sixers fan, but I like the way they play and I hope they continue to develop.

    Extend Collins and try to bring back Meeks. If you can work out a trade for some more star power this offseason (which they will need at some point), great, otherwise just be patient. You’ve got something brewing over there, Philly.

  9. kvanhorn87 - May 29, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    I agree it is mostly a pipe dream but all these players want nowadays is to team up with another star. You lay the ground work and maybe you can get both. Hell if I was really dreaming I would sign derron, trade for Howard and then trade young and turner for josh smith. Throw in lowrie somehow too. I think it is possible maybe not realistic to turn this team around pretty easily. I am not against keeping brand through one year and then amnesty iggy. Cap relief of those two and you could have just about any of the top 5 who would be a free agent. But that won’t happen. As for Orlando, I don’t care if they are hell bent on including hedo. If no team is willing to take him, then what would they do. Keep Howard? Not likely. These current pieces just can’t win.
    “If you build it, they will come” should be the motto this year.

  10. jamesmichaelworm - May 29, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    so if dwight played round 1 and rose do the sixers and pacers sniff the second round?

  11. thetooloftools - May 29, 2012 at 2:34 PM

    Collins used to coach like his hair was on fire every game… now he has calmed down and he’s really become a much better coach.

  12. kvanhorn87 - May 29, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    Why can’t Orlando amnesty Hedo?

    • finfanrb23 - May 29, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      We used it on that gun toting superhero Agent Zero… Gilbert Arenas

  13. knightrider1755 - May 29, 2012 at 5:00 PM

    No way Deron Williams is going to Philly. He’s going to stay with Brooklyn. Howard is looking for greener pastures which he can find in either NY, LA or Chicago. To let Iggy go would be foolish. Evan Turner is on the precipice of becoming a bona fide star in the NBA and should be retained. Hawes is dispensable and so is the streaky Nick Young. Philly should build around their proven starters and seek to get a sixth man to replace Lou, who I am certain is moving on.

    • b7p19 - May 29, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      What does Nick Young have to do with the Sixers?

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