Jerry Colangelo will have his reach restricted with the United States national basketball team as long as he continues to have a role with the Philadelphia 76ers, Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reports.
Although Colangelo abdicated his title of Sixers chairman over the weekend, a position he received in December, he still plans to serve in a special advisory role with the floundering franchise. Per Wojnarowski, NBA executives were concerned about the potential tampering that could occur between Colangelo — who also serves as managing director of USA Basketball — and non-76ers players.
Rival execs raised issues about Colangelo’s reach within the game and how that could pertain to potential free agents with whom he has a relationship due to his other job with USA Basketball. Although competition for free agents hasn’t exactly been an integral aspect of the Sixers’ mid-2010s way of doing business, now that former GM Sam Hinkie has departed and ownership may be abandoning the bottoming-out experiment, the team could be a suitor for outside veteran help again.
The 76-year-old named his son, two-time NBA Executive of the Year Bryan Colangelo, as Philadelphia’s new president of basketball operations. But those leery of the conflict of interest between the elder Colangelo’s overlapping positions, especially in an Olympic year, appear to have won out.
The NBA veteran executive will no longer be able to vote for the final USA hoops rosters for the Olympics and other international competitions, and he now must make opposing GMs aware of any contact he makes with their players or the agents of those players, Wojnarowski reports.
Once Colangelo came aboard with the Sixers in an attempt to help stabilize the perpetually tanking franchise, within weeks of the appointment the league informed the NBA board of directors about his ability to speak with USA basketball-affiliated players outside of the confines of the national team.