Apr 23, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Nets former general manager Rob Thorn is introduced at halftime against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Jim O

Sources Say Sixers Are Looking For Replacement For Rod Thorn

My favorite word: Sources. We kinda saw this coming right?

Rod Thorn stepped in as President replacing Billy King in 2010. He signed a contract for 3 years. Here’s a few of facts to consider:

  • Part of the contract says that after it expires, Thorn is given a provision to become a part-time consultant for 5 years after his contract expired.
  • Thorn is part of the group of interviewers that are looking for his replacement.
  • A source said it may take a year to find replacement. By that time, Thorn’s contract would be expired.

So what that means is that the Sixers are trying to get a head start in the inevitable President search. In fact, the source claimed that the Sixers are not trying to get rid of Thorn. The fact that he’s part of the group looking for this replacement would lead you to believe that he’s on board and is ready to be the part-time consultant, whenever that may be. There have been a few rumors that Thorn’s time was almost up (besides his length of contract).

Philly.com’s Bob Cooney had the article. Here’s a few stuff from there:

Group of interviewers: The Sixers’ interview group consists of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, (Doug) Collins and Thorn, a source said.

List of candidates: 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.

Interesting group of candidates.

In terms of what Thorn has done for the franchise, well, he didn’t do much. Not because he didn’t want to, but perhaps because he couldn’t. Not like he could sign a big difference maker. And trading is a pain trying to match salaries and talent. His biggest move was probably his most recent one: re-signing Thaddeus Young. The big, almost non-tradable contracts of Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala (especially Brand) makes things difficult.

Again, Thorn isn’t being fired, the team is just starting their search early. Nothing wrong with that. And whenever the next person is hired, Thorn will immediately start his part-time consultant position so Thorn will still be around the Sixers organization for a while.

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