76ers hoping Doug Collins steps down as head coach?
Philadelphia 76ers head coach, Doug Collins, has one season left in his current contract, and word around the league is that the Sixers’ front office hopes Collins will opt out of his final season. Collins is 62-years old and has $4.5 million left to put in his pocket on this current deal. Reports indicate that the Philadelphia 76ers have no plans to extend his contract, citing that he (Collins) is too demanding with the higher ups within the Sixers’ front office and with players on the team.
It appears as if Philly is looking for a coach with less desire to win immediately, and more desire to teach and cultivate a young team. Collins has been known to wear his heart on his sleeve and demands nothing but the best from his players. You can’t knock the guy for wanting to win, but perhaps he isn’t the right guy for this current team.
An unnamed source via RealGM had this to say:
“I think he’s gone at the end of the year. He’ll be moving on,” said one NBA source with intimate knowledge of the situation. “He’ll decide to leave, and they won’t be upset about it. They would like to see it work out that he decides to move on.”
The Sixers have taken a step back after losing Andre Iguodala to the Denver Nuggets, a trade that garnered them Andrew Bynum, who has yet to play a game as a 76er, and may never do so. The Sixers also took a step in reverse by sending second-year center, Nikola Vucevic and rookie, Moe Harkless to the Orlando Magic. Players that were part of the same deal that landed Philly Andrew Bynum, and sent Dwight Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers. A trade that the 76ers, no doubt, wish they could take back. Vucevic, an under-utilized big man in Philadelphia, has exploded onto the scene for the Magic this season, averaging 12.9 points and 11.9 rebounds per game.
Whether or not Collins decides to remain in Philly for his last season (making $4.5 Million), it’s become clear that he is Philadelphia’s new Andy Reid. Well, okay, maybe it’s not that bad. But it’s hard to coach when you know you’re not wanted.