Reports: Sixers Add Marc Eversley, Ned Cohen To Front Office

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Bryan Colangelo has reportedly made two additions to the Sixers’ front office. 

According to reports, the Sixers have made multiple additions to their basketball operations staff.

According to Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the Sixers have hired Marc Eversley from the Washington Wizards, where Eversley was the vice president of player personnel. According to Zillgitt, Eversley will head up the Sixers player personnel department.

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Report: Sixers Associate Head Coach Mike D’Antoni Interviewed By Rockets

Mike D'Antoni's "Seven Seconds or Less" offensive system could help the struggling 76ers | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job | Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Sixers associate head coach Mike D’Antoni interviewed for the Rockets vacant head coaching job.

J.B. Bickerstaff, who took over as interim coach when the Rockets fired Kevin McHale after a 4-7 start, has withdrawn his name from consideration to take over as the full time head coach.

The Rockets finished the season with a 41-41 record and lost in five games to the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the playoffs.

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Sixers Mailbag #20: What To Do With the Miami And OKC Picks?

Saint Joseph's forward DeAndre Bembry could be an option for the Sixers with one of their two late first round draft picks | Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Saint Joseph’s forward DeAndre Bembry could be an option for the Sixers with one of their two late first round draft picks | Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In the 20th edition of our Sixers mailbag we discuss what to do in June’s NBA draft, and specifically what to do with the Miami pick (24th) and the Oklahoma City pick (26th). We also get into the Kings trade, Sam Hinkie‘s legacy, Brett Brown‘s job security, and more.

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Dario Saric Would Fill A Need For Sixers

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

According to David Pick, International Hoops Insider for Bleacher Report, Dario Saric was telling his teammates that he intends to play for the Sixers next year.

The Sixers acquired Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 draft, in a draft day trade with the Orlando Magic where the Sixers swapped their 10th overall selection for Orlando’s 12th, which the Sixers used to select the Croatian forward. In addition to Saric, the Sixers received two more draft selections to allow Orlando to move up two spots: a 2015 second round draft pick from Orlando, and extinguished the future first round pick they previously owed the Magic thanks to the ill-fated Andrew Bynum trade.

Saric, who played for Cibona Zagreb in the Adriatic league during the 2013-14 season, signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes in the much tougher Turkish League just days before the draft, although the contract had an option built into it which would allow Saric to leave after two seasons. That contract situation caused Saric to fall in the draft.

While it makes some financial sense for Saric to play the final season of his contract with Efes and avoid the rookie-scale, which locks Saric into a set amount based on where he was drafted, Saric has been adamant that he would come over to the NBA at his earliest opportunity. The comments from Saric, in that context, is really just further validation of claims he’s frequently, and consistently, made.

What does Saric give the Sixers if he does, in fact, come over?

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Does Front Office Change Make A Major Trade Inevitable For The Sixers?

Both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor will be out of the lineup when the Sixers take on the New York Knicks in preseason basketball tonight at Madison Square Garden | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Could the Sixers move on from one of Noel or Okafor this offseason? | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The elephant in the room of the Sixers’ offseason has always been how the roster imbalance would be resolved.

Sam Hinkie stuck to a “best player available” strategy in the draft, a strategy that is almost universally accepted within the basketball community. But, like most aspects of Hinkie’s rebuilding plan, that theory was taken to extremes, leaving the Sixers with three talented big men in Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, and Nerlens Noel, and no real certainty any of them can effectively play together.

The changes to the Sixers’ front office, which saw Sam Hinkie resign as general manager and president of basketball operations, with Bryan Colangelo stepping into the president role in his place, creates quite a bit of uncertainty as to how this imbalance will be resolved.

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Bryan Colangelo Doesn’t Expect Much Change In Front Office

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

Bryan Colangelo represents the Toronto Raptors during the NBA basketball draft lottery, May 21, 2013.

When Bryan Colangelo was hired to be president of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers, the future of Sam Hinkie’s staff was brought into question.

Those questions were answered, somewhat, when Colangelo said he told ownership Brett Brown was his coach going forward.

“I told the ownership Brett Brown is the coach of this basketball team going forward. I left no question [to that],” Colangelo told CSN Philly’s Breakfast on Broad last week.

Colangelo went a step further yesterday, saying that he doesn’t anticipate a lot of changes to the front office.

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Sixers Mailbag #19: Reaction to Sam Hinkie’s Resignation

Philadelphia 76ers owner Joshua Harris (L) introduces Jerry Colangelo (R) as special advisor before a game against the San Antonio Spurs at Wells Fargo Center. | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Joshua Harris and Jerry Colangelo came to the conclusion that Sam Hinkie needed help in running the Sixers  | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In the 19th edition of our Sixers mailbag we react to the news that Sam Hinkie has stepped down as president and general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers, to be replaced by former Phoenix Suns and Toronto Raptors GM Bryan Colangelo.

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Poor Relationships Gave Hinkie Little Margin For Error

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“Optics”.

It’s been a popular word when discussing the Sixers of late. In truth, it’s been a popular topic of conversation when discussing the Sixers for several years.

It’s something which Joshua Harris tried to fight against early last week, to little success, attempting to convince fans that Colangelo the Elder wasn’t involved in getting Colangelo the Younger a job within the organization he was chairman of, optics that Bryan Colangelo admitted on Breakfast on Broad almost caused him to turn down the opportunity.

“I actually even said ‘This probably isn’t right for me’ initially,” Colangelo told Breakfast on Broad. “I almost removed myself from the process, to be honest. Once [Jerry] was out of the picture, then we moved forward on a clean basis and it felt good, I convinced myself that this was the right position because I was so excited about what this opportunity looked like.”

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Bryan Colangelo: “Brett Brown Is the Coach of This Team”

The Sixers and head coach Brett Brown have reached a contract extension that will keep Brown in Philadelphia through the 2018-19 season.

New president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo says that Brett Brown is the coach of the team going forward.

Whenever there’s a regime change, questions immediately surface about the future of the incumbent head coach.

That’s been no different with the 76ers, as Ken Berger of CBS Sports reported that Bryan Colangelo, the Sixers new president of basketball operations, may be tempted to let head coach Brett Brown go in order to promote Mike D’Antoni, who worked with both Jerry and Bryan Colangelo in Phoenix.

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Sixers End Season With 115-105 Loss to Bulls

Robert Covington averaged 25 points per game over the Sixers last 4 games | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Robert Covington averaged 25 points per game over the Sixers last 4 games | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There was only one way for the Sixers to end the season that would truly be emblematic of their struggles all year: build a big lead, get destroyed in the middle quarters, then mount a comeback that was destined to come up short.

That’s why even when the Sixers built a 24-point second quarter lead, going up 42-18 on a lifeless Bulls team that was already eliminated from postseason contention, no Sixers fan felt safe, and for good reason.

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