UPDATE May 21, 8:08 am: This has been confirmed by everyone now and the formal announcement will come later today.
As for details, ESPN.com’s Chris Sheridan is reporting it’s a four year deal to return to the team that made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 1973 NBA Draft. Collins played eight years for the Sixers.
May 20, 8:38 pm: Well, that didn’t take long.
Negotiations started a couple a days ago and now Doug Collins and the Philadelphia 76ers have come to terms on a deal for him to take over as coach of the team, according to Kate Fagan of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
For formal announcement could come as soon as tomorrow with the formal press conference on Monday, she reports.
Collins was the first interview the Sixers had and has been considered the frontrunner since day one. He has coached three NBA teams — the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards — and brings some name recognition to the coaching job. He also should have an offense the players understand, which would be a good start.
ProBasketballTalk’s Kurt Helin explains why he believes the Sacramento Kings have enough pieces to potentially make a run at the final playoff spot in the West.
A lot of people around the NBA have ideas to improve the draft, free agency and the D-League, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has never been shy about sharing his. His latest idea seems pretty logical: a supplemental draft for undrafted free agents.
Via Hoops Rumors:
“I would have a supplemental draft every summer for undrafted free agents of the current and previous 3 years,” Cuban wrote in an email to Hoops Rumors. “If you are more than 3 years out you are not eligible and just a free agent.”
The supplemental draft would have two rounds, and teams would hold the rights to the players they select for two years, Cuban added. Players can opt out and choose not to make themselves eligible, but those who get picked would receive fully guaranteed minimum-salary contracts when they sign, according to Cuban’s proposal.
“That would make it fun a few weeks after the draft and pre-summer league,” Cuban wrote. “It would prevent some of the insanity that goes on to build summer league rosters.”
It’s an interesting proposition. Most undrafted players who sign during the summer don’t get guaranteed contracts, so when deciding to enter this supplemental draft, they would have to weigh the value of having guaranteed money versus getting to decide where they sign. It’s unlikely that anything like this could happen anytime soon, because of all the hoops to jump through to get the league and the players’ union to sign off on it, but it’s a worthwhile idea that deserves some consideration in the next CBA negotiations.