The Sixers have finally ended their search for a new GM. The GM will be Doug Collins. Yes, Tony Dileo is officially the new GM, though we all know Doug we likely have the final say. If you told me this to months ago I would have been flipping out. I thought Doug had a bad habit in falling in love with certain players and they’re for hurt his judgment. Though he got back some of my confidence with the Bynum trade. Collins and Thorn shocked us all.
Tony has been with the Sixers since 1990. He has had a variety of jobs coaching, director of personnel and chief college evaluator. I heard he good with foreign players as well. Whatever the hell that means.
Doug has always had a ton of control over the team since being hired. A report came out yesterday that the Sixers aggressively pursued Denver Nuggets GM Masai Ujiri, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. People around the NBA say that Ujiri has emerged as a rising star among league front-office executives and had been the Sixers’ primary target along with new Atlanta Hawks GM Danny Ferry, sources said.
The Sixers also considered former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower and ESPN’s Tom Penn. The bottom line is what ever Doug wanted he was going to get. The Sixers ownership has put their trusted in Doug. Hopefully, he does not screw this up.
I guess the off-season really is done for the Sixers. Most of us anticipate an Igoudala trade, though that seems less likely as the days go bye. I did see one more rumor, that the Sixers where interested in Donte Green. Yup, another wing man, I mean, what else can I say about that? There are no words…
There was reports that Danny Ferry was the leading candidate to succeed Rod Thorn as GM a couple of months ago. Obviously, Danny is with the Hawks now. The new name being floated around out there is Tom Penn. Penn is the former Trail Blazers vice president of operations.
I really did not know much about him other than working at ESPN as an analyst. Ken Berger of CBS Sports had some good things to say about him..
“One of the league’s top experts on the salary cap and intricacies of the collective bargaining agreement, Penn would be a strong hire for the Sixers as they navigate the new labor deal and how it has dramatically affected payroll and planning strategies,”
By the way, Charles Barkley loves what the Sixers have done. Huh? Charles usually loves to making fun of his former team. Here is his quote, courtesy of Sixers.com
“I think the Sixers really improved this offseason, They addressed their need for size and they have a bunch of athletic guys on the wing. The Sixers have great perimeter players, but the key to their team (in 2012-13) will be the play of their big men. I’m a big Jrue Holiday fan, Evan Turner is getting better, and Andre Iguodala is very athletic guy who can play on the wing. All that doesn’t matter, though, if they don’t get good big man play. If they do, the Sixers could be dangerous.”
Here’s wishing Chuck…