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April 18, 2013 Updates

Sources close to the team continue to insist that the organization is fine with turning the page on Collins, who is demanding of those above and below him. His was the face on the brochures for the last three seasons - two with Harris as owner - and he lent some star power and a link to the franchise's history. Now, though, he is forever associated with a horrible downturn in team fortunes. Through no fault of his own, Collins is joined with Bynum in the minds of the ticket-buying public. The organization thinks the team needs a fresh start and fresh excitement, and, well, we can't wait to see how big the T-shirt cannon will be next season. Philadelphia Inquirer

After watching his team close out the season with a 105-95 win over the Indiana Pacers, Collins was asked about his future with the team. "I don't know. I don't know," he said. "I'm the coach." Before the game, he spoke as if he was going to be back, as if the future of the organization was going to include him, although it most likely won't. As in his previous coaching stints, Collins did not stay past his third season. "Everybody talks about my third year with teams. I always love it," he said sarcastically. "Every third year that I've had we've had a major trade. In Chicago we traded for Bill Cartwright with [Charles] Oakley [in 1988]. In Detroit we totally rebuilt our team. We had a 54-win team and we knew it wasn't a 54-win team so we signed Bison Dele in the offseason [in '97] and then we traded Theo [Ratliff] for Jerry Stackhouse and we worked our cap to about $16 million under the cap because we knew it was Michael's [Jordan] last year, we thought we put ourselves in a great position to make a run. This year we made the big deal for Andrew Bynum. Philadelphia Inquirer

April 17, 2013 Updates

76ers coach Doug Collins and the team are in "discussions" for Collins to resign as coach and become a special consultant to the club, according to Ballard Spahr, the law firm for which Collins' agent, John B. Langel, is chairman of the litigation department. On Tuesday afternoon, Ballard Spahr released a statement that read in part: "Doug Collins left the team as its head coach after three years and became a special consultant to the franchise." Later, however, it followed with another release saying: "That information is not correct. . . . As has been reported, Doug Collins and the 76ers are in discussions." Philadelphia Inquirer

"Honestly, I think it's going to be good to get it over with," Sixers center Spencer Hawes said. "With all the expectations we had coming in and the way the season has gone, it will be nice to take the positive going forward and try to flush the rest of it." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 16, 2013 Updates

When asked to comment about the news that coach Doug Collins does not wish to return and will be coaching his last game in Indiana on Wednesday, most pleaded ignorance. They had yet to be told by Collins or anyone in the organization what has been decided. What seems to be settled, according to multiple sources, is that Collins and the team either have completed or are working on some kind of financial settlement, and that it will be announced as early as Thursday that Collins will not return for the final season of his contract. Team public relations director Mike Preston informed the media gathered to talk to Collins before the game that "coach and the organization are aware of the reports, but neither will be commenting at this time. Please keep your questions to coach Collins about tonight's game." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 15, 2013 Updates

According to several sources with knowledge of the situation, 76ers coach Doug Collins and the team's ownership are working on a buyout agreement and Collins will not return as the coach next season. "He's not coming back," a team source said. "This is something that both sides have been thinking about for some time. It looks like they are going to part ways. I'm certain Doug will be looking for a buyout. From what I understand, both sides want to make it an amicable parting of the ways." Philadelphia Inquirer

Tzvi Twersky: Doug Collins might very well have told Sixers he is not returning, as @wojyahoonba reported. But Collins has NOT told the players that yet. Twitter @TTwersky

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