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Reports: 76ers promote from within, give DiLeo GM job

Sep 21, 2012, 10:59 AM EDT

Philadelphia looked everywhere outside the organization for a replacement for Rod Thorn as team president and GM. They wanted Danny Ferry but he went to Atlanta. They talked to former Blazer guy Tom Penn and former Hornet GM Jeff Bower but that didn’t come together. They made a run at Nuggets’ GM Masai Ujiri but he stayed put.

So in the end they stayed in house.

Multiple reports Friday morning have the Sixers promoting assistant general manager Tony DiLeo to the big chair. He will take over for Thorn when Thorn retires. The formal announcement is expected later Friday.

What that really means is coach Doug Collins has the power — he has been a primary force in basketball decision making for a while now. Not bringing in a guy with clout from the outside means Collins keeps ahold of the reins.

This also means consistency with the plan — the Sixers are building around Andrew Bynum (who they must re-sign after this season), Evan Turner and Jrue Holiday. That likely would not have changed with a new GM, but now the plan is locked down. Well, as long as they can lock those guys down.

  1. mungman69 - Sep 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM

    The key is to sign Bynam to a long term contract. If he signs elsewhere the Sixers will fall apart. How can the Sixers get Bynam to stay?

    • liamj55 - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      By offering him the most money…………….

    • tcclark - Sep 21, 2012 at 1:57 PM


      • money2long - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

        tranquilizer dart

  2. mungman69 - Sep 21, 2012 at 2:30 PM

    Players don’t take the most money all of the time. There are always other factors.

    • liamj55 - Sep 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      You don’t know Andrew Bynum.

  3. dbick - Sep 21, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    This is a disappointment. Really liked some of the names that were thrown around early in the process, younger, outside of the box thinkers. Now it seems Collins has almost complete control of where this team is going, never like when one guy has the majority of the power.

  4. phillyphannn83 - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    dbick, after suffering all those years with Billy King refusing to give Allen Iverson anything more than a second-rate supporting cast, how in the world can you not like the direction the team is going under Doug Collins? We have a GREAT young core to build around with Jrue, Evan, and Bynum, he’s worked magic with Spencer Hawes and is constantly mentioned to follow in Coach K’s footsteps as head coach of USA Basketball. Please take your negative Nancy shades off and look at the team he has built! You must be one of those people who think Charlie Manuel and Andy Reid should be fired too.

    • tcclark - Sep 21, 2012 at 10:40 PM

      Awesome. Well said my friend

    • ocgunslinger - Sep 23, 2012 at 11:27 AM

      Agree with you both. I like the direction under Collins. I also do not like it when one person has too much power. Does Isiah ring a bell?

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