After his third season with the Sixers, fans are calling for Doug Collins’s job. Collins has had three previous coaching jobs, none which lasted more than three years. Previously, the Sixers’ current head coach had stops in Chicago, Detroit, and Washington.
An NBA source close to the situation has made it known that the Sixers’ organization hopes that Doug Collins will walk away at season’s end in hopes of a fresh start with a new coach. Collins currently has one year remaining on his contract, worth $4.5 million.
Regardless of what the Sixers’ front office is wishing for, they are not likely to fire their head coach. If Collins does decide to walk away from a place he is no longer wanted, the two sides would have to reach an agreement to settle the contract.
The change could benefit both sides. Collins would have the opportunity to go back to his broadcasting career, in which he is a Hall of Famer or he could take the time off to go watch his son, Chris Collins, who recently became the head coach at Northwestern. Ultimately, it his Doug’s decision, and he holds all the cards with one year remaining on his deal.
With all of that said, the Sixers must have a plan if Doug Collins does not return. They will likely want to go in the direction of a coach that does a better job of developing player relationships and developing young talent. There are a few bigger name coaches on the market such as Mike Brown, Flip Saunders, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan, and Scott Skiles. Of those name, Scott Skiles is most likely to get a call from the Sixers.
The alternative to going after a big name coach is bringing in an assistant with potential or a college coach. Sam Cassell has developed great relationships with the Wizards players and is a younger coach that may entice the Sixers’ front office. Another name that seems to be in head coaching vacancies every year is Pacers’ assistant, Brian Shaw. Shaw is loved by players throughout the league, and has earned respect everywhere he has been.
A long shot is the UConn Huskies’ head coach, Kevin Ollie.
Ollie played in Philadelphia toward the end of his career, and was always a great presence in the locker room. After Jim Calhoun retired at UConn, the job was Ollie’s. After just one year, Ollie has been labeled as a top-flight college basketball coach. While this may be a bit of a stretch, don’t count anything out.