Tony DiLeo Now Reportedly Being Considered For Sixers GM Spot

The Philadelphia 76ers have begun interviewing potential candidates to replace president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. Thorn has one year left on his contract before entering a five-year "consultant" role.

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DiLeo Reportedly Hired As New Sixers' GM

The Philadelphia 76ers stayed inside their organization for their new GM, promoting Tony DiLeo to replace the role vacated by Rod Thorn, reports CBS' Ken Berger.

DiLeo has been with the 76ers in some capacity since 1990-91, including a spell as the team's interim head coach following the firing of Maurice Cheeks in 2008, mostly behind the scenes in the team's basketball operations department. DiLeo was involved in the four-way trade that essentially brought Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia for Andre Iguodala.

Berger also reports that while Thorn will remain the team's president for the time being, DiLeo will eventually take over that position. Thorn had operated as the team's president and general manager for the 2011-2012 season after the resignation of Ed Stefanski from the general manager position. Stefanski had also been the president and general manager for a time, and it appears DiLeo will also hold both titles sometime down the road.

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Tony DiLeo Under Consideration For Sixers GM Spot

The Philadelphia 76ers, in search of a new general manager to replace Rod Thorn, are giving senior vice president of basketball operations Tony DiLeo consideration for the position, according to a report by John N. Mitchell of The Philadelphia Inquirer.

Philadelphia interviewed four candidates outside the franchise this offseason, according to the article, but found DiLeo's offseason role with the team, which included landing prized center Andrew Bynum from the Los Angeles Lakers, very impressive.

DiLeo was named the 76ers' interim head coach in December of 2008 after the organization fired Maurice Cheeks, and led Philadelphia to a 41-41 record in that season and a playoff berth, eventually losing to the Orlando Magic in the first round.

The Sixers, under head coach Doug Collins, upset the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in six games in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs a season ago and pushed the rival Boston Celtics to seven games in the second round.

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Sam Hinkie Added To 76ers' General Manager Candidate List, According To Report

The Philadelphia 76ers will interview Sam Hinkie for the team's vacant general manager position, according to a report published by Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick on Tuesday afternoon.

Hinkie is currently employed by the Houston Rockets as the club's executive vice president of basketball operations, and acts as general manager Daryl Morey's right-hand man. Originally hired by the organization in 2005, Hinkie specializes in analytics and has been a prominent figure in Houston's draft selections, scouting and salary cap management.

While Philadelphia has asked for and received permission to speak with Hinkie, it's unknown whether a meeting has taken place yet or if he has any interest in leaving his position in Houston.

In addition to Hinkie, Boston assistant general manager Mike Zarren, former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower and former Portland assistant general manager Tom Penn are potential candidates to replace incumbent Rod Thorn.

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Jeff Bower, Mike Zarren To Interview For Sixers GM Job

The Philadelphia 76ers are interviewing Jeff Bower and Mike Zarren for their general manager position early this week, according to John Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Zarren has been a right-hand man to Boston Celtics general manager Danny Ainge for the past few years. This will be his second interview, with many people feeling he's the leading candidate to replace Rod Thorn.

Bower is a former GM and head coach of the New Orleans Hornets who had great success during his tenure in the Big Easy. He was the man responsible for drafting Chris Paul, while also acquiring Tyson Chandler. This week's sit-down will be the first with the Sixers for the Hollidaysburg, Pa., native.

ESPN analyst and former Portland Trailblazers assistant GM Tom Penn has also been brought in twice for an interview, but according to Philly.com his stock has fallen.

At this point, there is no timetable to fill the position.

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Doug Collins Pushing For More Power With 76ers, According To Report

The Philadelphia 76ers had a resurgent year during the strike-shortened 2011-12 NBA season, earning a playoff berth and looking like legitimate contenders in the postseason. As they head into the 2012-13 season, the Sixers are looking to become even more of a threat and are trying to strengthen the franchise, starting with the front office.

While the team is focusing on finding a new general manager and appears to closing in on Danny Ferry for the position, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports that Sixers head coach Doug Collins is making a push for more power within the organization.

Collins wants increased power, sources said, and ultimately wants a new GM to answer to him. Ferry, who was the Cleveland Cavaliers' GM from 2005-2010, is reluctant to accept the job without an ability to report direct to ownership, sources said. So far, Ferry has been on a fact-finding mission to understand the dynamics around how the organization will restructure the front office.

Wojnarowski states that the 76ers are currently wrestling with the decision of how much power they are willing to give Collins. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out.

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Danny Ferry Frontrunner To Replace Rod Thorn As Sixers' GM, According To Report

The Philadelphia 76ers have just begun their search to replace general manager Rod Thorn, but there appears to already be a frontrunner. According to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, current San Antonio Spurs vice president of operations Danny Ferry is considered a favorite to take over the position, and is being backed by Sixers head coach Doug Collins.

According to Wojnarowski, whether the Sixers actively pursue Ferry may depend on how much say over personnel decisions the organization wants to hand over to Collins. There has been contact between Philadelphia and Ferry, however, so this appears to be more than just a passing rumor.

Other candidates reportedly being considered for the position include Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower, Oklahoma City Thunder assistant GM Troy Weaver, Atlanta Hawks GM Rick Sund and Milwaukee Bucks GM John Hammond.

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Sixers Begin Process Of Replacing President Of Basketball Operations Rod Thorn

The Philadelphia 76ers have begun interviewing potential candidates to replace 71-year-old president of basketball operations Rod Thorn. Thorn has one year left on his contract before entering a five-year "consultant" role.

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