Despite what his agent said hours before, Doug Collins is not returning to the Philadelphia 76ers.
Collins, 62, has one year left on a four-year deal, but has told management he won’t return in that job. Collins’ possible return to the franchise in another role – perhaps in the front office – hasn’t been ruled out, a source said.
Ownership wanted him to return for the final season of a contract that would’ve paid him $4.5 million, one source said, but Collins informed owner Josh Harris of his decision to leave in recent days.
Not long after that report, Dei Lynam at CSNPhilly.com confirmed that Collins is out.
That contradicts what Collins’ agent said earlier on Sunday of the veteran coach — known for short stints with teams where he burns out his welcome — via CSNPhilly.com from AP.
(John) Langel told the Associated Press that Collins will be here “for another year, at least” but that he will not seek a contract extension this summer, preferring to move forward on a year-to-year basis. Collins has one year remaining on his deal.
Do you believe the agent… should you ever believe the agent? His job is to keep his client in the best possible negotiating position. That would be that he is coming back, giving him options and a better buyout.
Don’t be surprised if in the next couple days Collins says “I haven’t made any decision.” But it sounds like he has, and that Sixers management is good with the move.
Philly needs a reboot after the gamble on Andrew Bynum fell flat and crushed their season. Changing coaches to one maybe better suited for player development in a long-term rebuilding project could be the right move. If you think Collins’ style is good for building a young team, look what former Sixer Marreese Speights told CSNPhilly.com.
“I’m not going to really sit and bad mouth people like that,” he told CSNPhilly.com, “but, I feel like, sometimes he gives up on people a little too quick. He’s an alright coach. Would I say he was one of my best coaches I had? No. My worst? No. He’s an alright coach.”