In their search to replace Bryan Colangelo, the 76ers are reportedly looking for someone who’s both an established general manager and willing to collaborate significantly with others in the organization.
Unsurprisingly, Philadelphia has yet to find someone with the experience to command full control who’s also eager not to exercise that power.
Philadelphia 76ers managing partner Josh Harris told ESPN that the franchise’s general manager search is identifying new targets to meet and interview, but didn’t rule out leaving the interim structure in place for the coming season.
Since the dismissal of Bryan Colangelo in June, coach Brett Brown has served as the franchise’s interim GM surrounded with front office executives Ned Cohen, Marc Eversley and Elton Brand. The Sixers are promoting those three executives on Monday into expanded roles and new titles, league sources said.
Cohen (assistant general manager), and Eversley (senior VP of player personnel) are the primary day-to-day operators of the front office — with Brand (VP of basketball operations) working in the Sixers’ front office and running the G League affiliate in Delaware.
Philadelphia will also promote Alex Rucker (senior VP of analytics and strategy) and move assistant coach Kevin Young onto the front of the bench to replace Jim O’Brien, who will now serve as a senior advisor to Brown.
Brown has made clear he doesn’t want to do this job long-term. Generally, coaching and running the front office is too much work for one person to do well.
It’ll help how many other people are involved in front-office decisions, but if this structure remains in place, it’ll be worth watching whether Brown’s coaching suffers or whether the 76ers make personnel mistakes due to him being preoccupied with coaching.
At this point, Philadelphia needn’t rush to hire a new general manager. Key offseason decisions are already made. But there still ought to be a priority in replacing Colangelo.
Giving Brown the job beyond an interim basis just because he was near, but not quite touched by, scandal is hardly inspiring.