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Report: Sixers interviewing candidates to replace retiring president Rod Thorn

By Matt Moore | NBA writer
So follow along.
  • Rod Thorn leaves New Jersey and joins the Sixers in August 2010. He works as President of the club, with acting GM Ed Stefanski remaining in his role. The Nets hire Billy King who oddly enough worked as GM of the Sixers from 2003 to 2007.
  • In October of 2011, Stefanski leaves the club, joining the Raptors as Executive Vice-President. Thorn takes over as both President and GM of the club.
  • Andre Iguodala was never traded. This is actually the weirdest fact involved.
Now it appears that Thorn is ready to retire. From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

The Sixers are currently interviewing potential replacements for president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, team sources told the Daily News on Monday.

The team has received permission to talk with personnel executives from some teams, a source said. The Sixers also have been turned down by some organizations.

Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver; Atlanta GM Rick Sund, whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit.

via Sources: Sixers interviewing candidates for Thorn's job.

The Sixers are under new ownership which has promised big things. Thorn's retirement opens the path for them to bring in new leadership. The targets they've selected are incredibly solid without including any flashy names. This is how you should go about your GM search. Pay attention, Orlando.

You have to wonder if new leadership leads to the possibility of Iguodala finally being traded. There's been widespread talk for years of his impending trade, without it ever coming true. With the Sixers having stalled out in the second round after a fun run, now is the time to move for a major upgrade or tool for the future. This presents an opportunity.

Thorn is being allowed to conduct interviews for his eventual replacement, and there's a chance he could stay on for another year, before transitioning to a five-year contract as consultant.


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