David Heller out as 76ers minority owner, reportedly forced out

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76ers minority owner David Heller reportedly held a significant role in basketball operations while Sam Hinkie ran the front office and again while Brett Brown held the interim lead-executive role after Bryan Colangelo’s ouster. Philadelphia then hired Elton Brand as general manager, and Heller’s role became less clear.

It’s apparently clear now, though.

Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report:

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

Sources close to the Sixers front office said Heller was forced out. One source labeled his departure as “kicking” and “screaming.”

The 76ers are entering a crucial offseason. Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and J.J. Redick will be unrestricted free agents. Ben Simmons will be eligible for a contract extension. Philadelphia must build out its bench.

How the 76ers make those decisions will shape their team – and trickling down, other teams – for years to come.

A shakeup in Philadelphia’s brain trust is a big deal, though from the outside, we don’t know how ousting Heller will change Philadelphia’s plans.