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:
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.