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While the Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be major players in the NBA’s free-agency period that tips off July 1, they still have a major vacancy in their front office.
Namely, a general manager. The position became open when Bryan Colangelo resigned as team president of basketball operations and general manager July 7.
Sixers coach Brett Brown, who has been filling in as the team’s interim GM since Colangelo resigned, says the franchise will not have to look for to find a new general manager.
“There’s so much in place that is good here,” Brown said, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Brown has said he wants to focus solely on coaching and is not interested in filling the role of general manager, too. Current vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley is regarded as the best in-house candidate, according to Pompey, who writes 76ers co-owner David B. Heller could continue to have a major influence regardless of who the team hires as GM.
“I don’t think we need an overhaul,” Brown said of the front office. “We’re in deep on this. We have ways we do business. So somewhere out there, we’ll find the balance of those things that I said, and I’m sure that I’ll have a voice in the selection of the next general manager.”
Pompey mentions former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin as the top outside candidate, while also saying Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren and Atlanta Hawks manager of basketball operations Malik Rose as other possible candidates.
Rose, who was recently offered the position of assistant general manager with the Detroit Pistons, is a Philadelphia native who has a long relationship with Brown, which dates back to their days in San Antonio, when Rose played for the Spurs and Brown was an assistant coach on Gregg Popovich’s staff.