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Report: Adam Silver Didn’t ‘Compel’ 76ers to Hire Jerry Colangelo

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There have been a lot of reports flying around about how Jerry Colangelo became a part of the Philadelphia 76ers’ front office. There were rumblings that NBA commissioner Adam Silver played a big role in getting Colangelo to Philly, and there was also a report saying the owners pushed Silver to do it.

CBS Sports’ Ken Berger offered up his latest reporting on the situation Thursday, saying that while Silver did play a role in the move, he didn’t “compel” Sixers owner Josh Harris to hire Colangelo. It was basically just a suggestion after Harris came to Silver asking for help because his team needed a “course correction” for their ambitious rebuild:

Silver did not compel Harris to make the change, nor did other owners twist his arm to intervene, a person familiar with the highest levels of the talks told CBS Sports. When Harris asked for advice, Silver gave it in the form of a list of people with what one person described as “real-life experiences” to consider for the job. At the top of the list was Colangelo, who Silver has known since his first day in the NBA 23 years ago.

Silver spoke with Colangelo to gage his interest, made the introduction to Harris, and then stepped aside, league sources said. Silver is not even privy to the details of Colangelo’s contract, which league sources speculate includes an ownership stake in addition to control over basketball decisions. His official title: Special Advisor to the Managing General Partner and Chairman of Basketball Operations.

Berger also suggested that Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie has effectively lost all his power and that Colangelo will have final say in personnel decisions, despite Colangelo saying otherwise at his introductory press conference.

If true, it’ll be interesting to see if Hinkie sticks around to see this rebuild through. Philadelphia could take a big step forward next summer thanks in part to the assets he collected, so he’ll deserve some credit if things turn around quickly starting next season.

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