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Assessing the Philadelphia Sixers’ GM Situation

The Sixers have been without a GM since their former GM, Bryan Colangelo, resigned in June. They went the entire offseason without a set-in-stone GM, with most of the decisions coming from head coach Brett Brown. As the season approaches, the Sixers may need to find someone to take over.

Brett Brown did not do a terrible job as interim GM; many would even say he did a great job. Even missing out on big names this offseason, Brown still added pieces as well as clearing space for players to step up this season. As the season nears on, Brett Brown is going to need to focus on his head coaching duties and he will not have enough time to focus on both positions. The Sixers have a few options on the table and the end of October is quickly approaching.

The Sixers have made it known that they are going to take their time when it comes to finding a GM. A few names have been mentioned about who the Sixers were set to interview. Gersson Rosas, Larry Harris, and Justin Zanik being among those named. All three of those candidates have had a good amount of experience surrounding basketball operations. All three also currently work for other teams in the NBA. There were also reports that the Sixers have talked to David Griffin earlier in the process. Griffin was the former GM of the Cavaliers. There was also speculation about the Denver Nuggets GM, Arturas Karnisovas, however, Karnisovas ultimately turned down his interview with the Sixers.

With all of the outside candidates listed, the Sixers have not had a clear favorite or front-runner. Due to this, they have now thought about opening the position to a candidate that comes within their own organization. Names like Elton Brand, Ned Cohen, and Alex Rucker have all been thrown around according to Keith Pompey from Philly.com. Pompey also said that the Sixers want a candidate who is open to making decisions as a team instead of having the final say on things.

As the speculation continues with the Sixers front office, the team’s main focus is the upcoming season and making another run at the playoffs. The Sixers will not need to make as many moves in the opening months of the season, but as the season gets deeper, and they want to add more pieces, a true GM may help. However, do not be surprised if a true GM does not get named, and rather a committee of team leaders making decisions for the betterment of the team.

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