The Philadelphia 76ers, after suffering a first-round sweep out of the NBA Playoffs, could be interested in hiring a president of basketball operations to help guide the team to its championship aspirations, per Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer. Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations Neil Olshey “might have some interest” in Philadelphia, according to sources cited by Pompey, but would need “total power”:
League sources have said the Sixers are inquiring about the possibility of hiring a president of basketball operations.
One source said that Portland Trail Blazers president of basketball operations/ general manager Neil Olshey might have some interest in the Sixers, but that’s only if he has total power, as the president and general manager.
Current 76ers GM Elton Brand recently spoke about the organization’s pressing need to restructure its front office, as detailed by Tom West at Liberty Ballers:
“As I’ve been taking a deep dive in where we failed, what went wrong, and how we can get better, I felt like we need to strengthen our organization from top to bottom, and that starts with the front office. Balancing our strengths and analytics and basketball strategy with more basketball minds, and whatever happens. My goal, with whatever happens going forward, is making sure we are in position to truly contend.”
Olshey joined the Blazers in June 2012 as the team’s tenth GM in franchise history; less than a month later, he selected franchise cornerstone Damian Lillard with the sixth pick in the NBA Draft. Olshey was then promoted to president of basketball operations in 2015.
Before Portland, Olshey spent two seasons as GM and vice president of basketball operations with the Los Angeles Clippers.
You can read more from Pompey’s piece on the 76ers’ front-office situation here.