The 76ers have decided that Doug Collins is a part of the team’s future, even if it’s just one more year. Collins is now under contract for the 2013-14 season. Good for him.
That’s in two years.
As I’ve already said, most of the roster has contracts ending either the end of this season, or next season. Collins has said he would like a front office role on the team. Collins is also 61 years old. At the end of the contract he’ll be 63. Is it possible he could retire from coaching and move into the front office when the contract is up? It would seem that the team’s roster will look completely different when his contract is up.
I could go but I’ll save that for another day.
Coaches normally don’t get long, big, secure deals like players do. If a team is doing bad, the coach is usually shown the door first. The last time that happened with the Sixers is when the they were having trouble in Elton Brand’s first year on the team and Maurice Cheeks was fired. Oh and for kicks, Cheeks was given an extension before the season too.
And there was a lot of pressure for success going into that season because a lot of money was put into Brand. And here we are again. The Sixers got a big offseason acquisition with recent health concerns (just like Brand. Hm.). There’s a lot riding on this.
It’s possible if the Sixers just come into the season playing poorly, Collins could get axed. It didn’t make sense the team let go of a freshly extended Cheeks. It wouldn’t make sense now.
But it’s a new group in charge. Management has been going through an overhaul. Perhaps there’s nothing to worry about. I’m leaning that way too. Sean O’Connor mentioned last season that the Sixers seemed to use Collins as the bulk of their advertisements. With no big name on the team, ownership didn’t have much of a choice. With Bynum now the big man on campus, does that make Collins more expendable?
There are some questions to answer going into the next season.