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The Philadelphia 76ers have received permission from three teams to interview front-office executives for the vacant general manager position, according to a report from ESPN.
The three reported executives: Golden State Warriors director of player personnel Larry Harris, Utah Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanak and Houston Rockets executive vice president Gersson Rosas.
The Sixers are expected to interview the candidates next week, ESPN reported.
Harris has spent eight seasons in basketball operations with the Warriors, with last year being his first as director of player personnel under GM Bob Myers. The Warriors have won back-to-back championships, as well as three of the last four.
Zanak was an assistant GM with the Milwaukee Bucks from 2012-16, before being passed over for that franchise’s GM position. He landed with the Jazz, the team with which he got his start, shortly after.
Rosas has been a serious candidate for various GM openings around the league over the past several seasons, most recently for the Charlotte Hornets’ opening in March. (The job eventually went to Mitch Kupchak.)
“We’re going to have a pretty selective list,” Sixers managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN earlier this week. “This is not going to be huge tournament. We’re going to talk to some people who aren’t sitting GMs who could add value to our situation.”
Despite some speculation, former Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin is not believed to be under consideration for the Sixers’ GM post.
“The Sixers pursued a few elite NBA GMs, but moved on to a more accessible pool of rising executives,” ESPN reported. “Harris didn’t rule out keeping the interim structure in place through the 2018-19 season if the team can’t find the right candidate.”