Sixers hire Rod Thorn as team president, Ed Stefanski moves to GM

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Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for sixers-logo.jpgEd Stefanski has had mixed success during his time with the Philadelphia 76ers, as he’s simultaneously amassed some interesting young talent while completely nuking the team’s financial flexibility. He turned mid-first rounders into Marreese Speights and Jrue Holiday, re-signed Louis Williams to a reasonable deal, and kept Andre Iguodala in Philly.

The only problem is that in the process, he gave Iguodala way too much money, had the massive Elton Brand signing blow up in his face, liquidated Samuel Dalembert’s expiring contract for Andres Nocioni’s additional salaried year and the right to employ (and be disappointed by) Spencer Hawes, went through a coaches, and whatever macro combination of moves and factors leads to a 27-win debacle of a season.

If the Sixers wanted a reason to fire Ed Stefanski, they could have easily found one. Instead, they’ll retain him while rearranging their front office a bit, keyed by a new hiring. According to the Associated Press, Philadelphia has hired Rod Thorn to serve as Team President, which will shift Stefanski, the incumbent Prez, to GM. The two were quite successful as a pairing with the New Jersey Nets, and they’ll look to recapture some of the magic with the 76ers.

Oddly enough, the move coincides with former Sixers exec Billy King finding a new home in New Jersey.

Thorn stepped down (or was ushered out, depending on your point of view) from his post with the Nets, but apparently couldn’t stay away from the game for long. The man is a true NBA lifer, and Philly will be the latest team to benefit from his wealth of knowledge.

The Sixers have enough pieces to manufacture a bright future, but that growth won’t be organic. Andre Iguodala’s gaudy contract will burden the franchise for the next four seasons (not to mention Elton Brand’s deal), and though the team definitely has young talent at its disposal — Holiday, Williams, Speights, Hawes, Thaddeus Young, and Evan Turner, primarily — there are no elite prospects in the bunch, nor is there an easy and convenient way to piece everything together. Stefanski tried to complete the puzzle on his own, but now Philadelphia will bank on a Stefanski-Thorn collaboration to produce a fully actualized Sixers roster.


C.J. McCollum ejected for flagrantly fouling Gordon Hayward (video)

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I’m not sure C.J. McCollum meant to grab Gordon Hayward‘s neck. The 6-foot-8 Hayward elevated, and the 6-foot-4 McCollum just might not have been able to get high enough to make a play on the ball.

But McCollum did grab Hayward’s neck.

It was a dangerous and unnecessary play, especially in the preseason.

Report: Mavericks may be team interested in Larry Sanders

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The Dallas Mavericks are looking for a center— desperately at times, they brought JaVale McGee into training camp to get a look. They will start Zaza Pachulia and behind him it’s probably Samuel Dalembert once he gets healthy.

Which is why Dallas may be the team interested in Larry Sanders — Mark Cuban is a guy known for giving second chances in the league. But there have been no talks, yet, reports Tim MacMahon at ESPN.

Larry Sanders has been out of the game since his buyout last February trying to deal with his personal demons and may well not be ready to return. He may never return.

His couple seasons with the Bucks were filled with drama and issues. There was the nightclub brawl left him with an injured thumb in need of a surgery. There were the charges of animal cruelty. There was a five-game drug suspension. There was missed time for personal reasons. There was the 10-game suspension for marijuana use (he failed at least four tests to get there) — then that suspension was extended past the 10 games. In the end, he agreed to a buyout to get space away from the game to deal with his personal issues.

He may or may not be ready to return from that. He may or may not ever be ready. But if he decides to give it a try, NBA teams will be waiting. Maybe Dallas.