The Sixers will finally be freed from the Colangelos
Sixers’ advisor Jerry Colangelo told Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post that his tenure with the team would end at the conclusion of this year. Colangelo’s contract runs through the end of 2018, and the Sixers are going to honor the deal. However, it seems his influence over the team is effectively over.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) July 30, 2018
Colangelo’s legacy with the Sixers
Commissioner Adam Silver “suggested” that the Sixers hire the 78-year old NBA lifer. The league was concerned about Philly’s team building tactics and wanted to bring in the Director of USA Basketball to provide some credibility to the front office.
Colangelo signed his contract as Chairman of Basketball Operations with the 76ers in December of 2015. Sam Hinkie would resign from his role as GM on April 6, 2016.
Shortly after, the Sixers hired Colangelo’s son, Bryan. Despite many claims of nepotism, both Colangelo and the Sixers’ ownership group assured fans that there was a long process to determine the team’s next GM, and they concluded that Colangelo’s son was the best man for the job.
Bryan Colangelo’s tenure
After hiring his son, the elder Colangelo took a step down in his role with the team but remained an advisor to the front office.
During his two years with the team, the younger Colangelo notably drafted Ben Simmons, the consensus number one pick. He also picked up Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Furkan Korkmaz, and traded Nerlens Noel for two-second rounders and Justin Anderson. In his second season, he made a blockbuster move to draft Markelle Fultz, and also drafted Jonah Bolden and Anzejs Pasecniks. Of these players he acquired, three will be playing for the Sixers this season. Fultz seems to be the only one that could play a big role, and even he is a question mark.
The Colangelo’s were supposed to add credibility and respect to the Sixers’ front office. The younger of the two was touted as a relationship wiz who could work his way into signing big-time free agents. He and his wife destroyed that credibility before he even had the chance to sign those marquee players. Neither Colangelo has added much positivity to the future of the team.
When Colangelo’s contract expires, will we have a GM?
Head Coach Brett Brown still serves as the Sixers’ GM. He’s been aggressive in his pursuit of bench depth and has done a decent job. However, if the Sixers want to land that third star they say they must, they will need to hire a true General Manager.
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