Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reports that Sixers head coach Doug Collins has informed the team that he will not return as coach next season. Collins is owed $4.5 million remaining on his contract. And with Rod Thorn moving to an advisor role per his contract next season, Collins could still move to a front-office position, taking him away from the rigors of coaching, especially after this year.
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Collins endured a season falling apart due to injuries to Andrew Bynum and later Thaddeus Young and Jason Richardson. The Sixers enter the last two games of the season at 33-47 and were eliminated from playoff contention last week. He is 108-119 in three years with the Sixers.
Philadelphia had high expectations coming into the season, and almost nothing went right. There had been reports that ownership hoped Collins would not return. We'll wait to see if Collins leaves the organization completely and where the Sixers go after this disaster of a season.
From the AP, "The decision came hours after his agent, John Langel, told reporters Collins would return for a fourth season."
"He's here for another year, at least," Langel said.