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Despite what his agent says,reportedly Doug Collins will not return to Philly

Apr 14, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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Despite what his agent said hours before, Doug Collins is not returning to the Philadelphia 76ers.

Sunday night Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported Collins told Philly ownership he would not return.

Collins, 62, has one year left on a four-year deal, but has told management he won’t return in that job. Collins’ possible return to the franchise in another role – perhaps in the front office – hasn’t been ruled out, a source said.

Ownership wanted him to return for the final season of a contract that would’ve paid him $4.5 million, one source said, but Collins informed owner Josh Harris of his decision to leave in recent days.

Not long after that report, Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com confirmed that Collins is out.

That contradicts what Collins’ agent said earlier on Sunday of the veteran coach — known for short stints with teams where he burns out his welcome — via CSNPhilly.com from AP.

(John) Langel told the Associated Press that Collins will be here “for another year, at least” but that he will not seek a contract extension this summer, preferring to move forward on a year-to-year basis. Collins has one year remaining on his deal.

Do you believe the agent… should you ever believe the agent? His job is to keep his client in the best possible negotiating position. That would be that he is coming back, giving him options and a better buyout.

Don’t be surprised if in the next couple days Collins says “I haven’t made any decision.” But it sounds like he has, and that Sixers management is good with the move.

Philly needs a reboot after the gamble on Andrew Bynum fell flat and crushed their season. Changing coaches to one maybe better suited for player development in a long-term rebuilding project could be the right move. If you think Collins’ style is good for building a young team, look what former Sixer Marreese Speights told CSNPhilly.com.

“I’m not going to really sit and bad mouth people like that,” he told CSNPhilly.com, “but, I feel like, sometimes he gives up on people a little too quick. He’s an alright coach. Would I say he was one of my best coaches I had? No. My worst? No. He’s an alright coach.”

  1. dolphins4 - Apr 14, 2013 at 10:49 PM

    Who could blame him after putting up with the Philadelphia fans and media for 3 years anybody would want to get out of there.Just watch Andy Reid is going to win at least one Super Bowl in Kansas City too.

  2. JMClarkent - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:11 PM

    The GM seems to have failed this team. I know that the moves looked good on paper, but Evan Turner doesn’t seem like a Franchise player, Bynum may never play at his prior level again, and Damian Wilkins started tonight.

    This is definitely going to be a hard rebuild – Collins is a solid coach – @ 62 Doug probably wants a team that is a bit closer to contention.

    • areyesrn - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:25 AM

      i remember Doug Collins’ comments while he was at the Summer Olympics as this trade was going down and he loved this trade…

      • gallaghedj311 - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        If I recall, all of us in Philly loved this trade because we just wanted Iggy out of town and didn’t care ow it happened. Hindsight is 20-20

  3. mungman69 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:18 PM

    Andy Reid blew up the Eagles and has no one to blame but himself. He was also the gm. We all would be stunned if he got to a Super Bowl.
    Collins was delt a bad hand with the Bynam fiasco. No coach could win with that team.

    • biasedhomer - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      Also doesn’t help that Collins rarely lets young guys play.

      Vucevic played well many times when given the minutes, but a few mistakes here and there and he would not see the court for multiple games in a row.
      If Vucevic was still on this team, he would find himself in the same situation, he would not be that double double guy that he is with the Magic.

  4. biggame28 - Apr 14, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    he decided to leave after Jrue’s 2/24 night

  5. connorchew - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    doug has been a great coach, but at this stage of his life, it may be better if he goes back to the booth. He is one of the best commentators ever! great to listen to. But his style just doesn’t reach the youth anymore. Not for long at least. As a Philly fan, if he does decide to leave, good luck ! wish nothing but the best.

  6. areyesrn - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    is Evan Turner really happy right now?

  7. reupjosh - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    “You’re gonna fire me? Ummmm… I quit first”

  8. nard100 - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Thanks for trying Doug. I always thought you brought energy and experience. While not all the fans appreciate you, I did. Marreese Speights doesn’t seem to understand that Collins didn’t give up on him the organization did so they could bring in Bynum. Considering how mediocre the team is, I thought he did the best he could with what he had. Some fans are going to say good riddance, but who are we going to hire to replace him and please don’t anybody say Phil Jackson. We should all know by now he won’t give philly the time of day.

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