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Reports: 76ers bring in several high-profile executives

The Philadelphia 76ers' lhalf-court logo is shown before an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have hired away executive Marc Eversley from the Washington Wizards, where he will “head player personnel efforts” in his new role. Eversley had been Washington’s vice president of scouting since 2013, and had worked with current Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo when they were both with the Toronto Raptors.

Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical also reports that Ned Cohen, the NBA’s vice president of basketball operations, is joining Philadelphia in an unspecified “high-ranking basketball job.” Wojnarowski is a big fan of the hiring of Cohen, identifying him as a future general manager candidate.

It remains to be seen if the Sixers are bringing in too many cooks to the kitchen. Bryan Colangelo’s father, Jerry, also appears to have outsized influence as an advisor for the team, having made an apparent power play this spring that led to the resignation of the team’s former general manager, Sam Hinkie. Bryan Colangelo began his career as an executive in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, where he succeeded his father as general manager in 1995.

Philadelphia is currently guaranteed to have three first-round draft picks in this June’s draft, and would own a fourth pick if the Los Angeles Lakers fall out of their protected top three spots in this month’s draft lottery. The Sixers are also set to have gobs of cap space, so this is a critical summer for them as they look to take a major step forward in their rebuild.

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