Sixers officially name Bryan Colangelo president of basketball operations

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On Wednesday night, controversial Sixers GM Sam Hinkie resigned with a sprawling 13-page letter to ownership. His reasoning: his power was being taken away, first with the December hiring of Jerry Colangelo as chairman of basketball operations and then with Colangelo’s efforts to install someone else—namely his son, Bryan, a former Raptors and Suns executive—in the front office.

On Sunday, the Sixers made that last part official, naming Bryan Colangelo president of basketball operations in a press release.

Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris announced today that the team has named Bryan Colangelo as President of Basketball Operations.
Colangelo most recently served as President and General Manager of the Toronto Raptors from 2006 to 2013. In his first full season at the helm of the Raptors (2006-07), the team saw a 20-win improvement from the previous year and tied a then franchise-high with 47 wins. Colangelo was named 2007 NBA Executive of the Year.
The Sixers also announced that Jerry Colangelo will step away as chairman of basketball operations now that Bryan is in place, which makes this claim by Sixers owner Josh Harris look more than a little suspect:

Colangelo has had some success as a GM in Phoenix and Toronto, as well as some failures (the Andrea Bargnani draft pick and extension, the Landry Fields contract). It’s not the worst hire in the world, but the optics don’t look great on the (ahem) process behind it.