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By: Glen Ivol
At this point, everyone knows the story – Bryan Colangelo resigned last Thursday amid an investigation into five burner accounts on Twitter ran by his wife. Head Coach Brett Brown has taken over as interim GM along with Marc Eversley, VP of player personnel, and Ned Cohen, associate VP, staying in place to. With arguably the most important summer/off-season in team history, giving the reigns to Brown for now makes sense as he has been a voice of stability his entire term in Philadelphia and was just rewarded with a three-year extension. In the long-term, the Sixers GM job should be one that’s coveted given their current roster and room for growth moving forward.
Sam Hinkie started the Process and got the ball rolling on one of the most extensive rebuilds the league has seen. Colangelo was brought in as the reliever to move some pieces around. Brett Brown and the next GM are the closers to the whole thing, fixing the mess that Colangelo made. Bryan Colangelo should have never been brought in for Hinkie in the first place as there were rumors that Adam Silver and the NBA offices are the reason why Bryan’s dad Jerry was brought in by Sixers ownership in the first place.
Following the public humiliation from the burner accounts and a couple questioning moves from BC, the next man in charge has to be better. Until that person is picked, Brown, Eversley, and Cohen must take control as the team goes after (insert big name target here) and find out how to use the six picks they own in the upcoming draft. The Sixers have come so far, but there is still a lot of work to be done. So, who should be the next GM? Here’s a couple ideas:
David Griffin – former GM, Cleveland Cavaliers
Griffin will be one of the most talked about targets for Philadelphia. Based on the summer plans of the Sixers – landing LeBron James – no man is more suited for being a GM of a LeBron James team than Griffin. While he signed some bad contracts and made questionable draft decisions, having a good relationship with James will be paramount when making this decision.
Mike Zarren – Assistant GM, Boston Celtics
Zarren will be another name mentioned frequently in the Sixers search. He was reportedly offered the job before Hinkie was but took his name of out the running. A lifelong Celtics fan and employee, he started as an unpaid intern and rose to second in command. Zarren kind of has the pick of the litter as he is in a dream situation with his hometown Celtics, but Danny Ainge isn’t going anywhere and the Sixers will be one of the most appealing spots he’ll ever have. Will he reconsider this time?
Marc Eversley – VP of Player Personnel, Philadelphia 76ers
Eversley has to be the top in-house option. He was brought in by Colangelo, who also hired him when he was in Toronto. Eversley interviewed for the Hornets opening earlier this year and will remain with Brown in the front office as noted.
Other names to watch: Danny Ferry – former President of Basketball Ops, Atlanta Hawks; Brian Wright – Assistant GM, San Antonio Spurs; Trajan Langdon – Assistant GM, Brooklyn Nets
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