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April 14, 2013 Updates

Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins has informed ownership that he will resign at season's end, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Collins, 62, has one year left on a four-year deal, but has told management he won't return in that job. Collins' possible return to the franchise in another role – perhaps in the front office – hasn't been ruled out, a source said. Yahoo! Sports

Doug Collins' agent, John Langel, was unequivocal when asked whether his client plans to coach Philadelphia 76ers next season. "He's the coach, and he'll continue to be the coach," Langel said after the Sixers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-77 Sunday in their home finale. Collins has refused repeatedly to speak about whether he intends to return next season and fulfill the final year of his contract, which will reportedly pay him $4.5 million. He has asked his agent to not seek a contract extension. "Last year we asked for an extension," Langel said. "This year he's asked me not to ask for an extension. He wants to take it year by year by year. Last year was very important for him to have the extension. This year he said, 'I want to just see where I'm at.' " USA Today Sports

Speculation on Collins' future with the team has intensified since The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing unnamed league sources, reported Thursday that some in the Sixers front office want Collins to step down. "Bob Ford has reliable sources, right?" Langel said. "So, he got his story from somewhere. Doug and I don't know where. We've asked the Sixers where." USA Today Sports

Philadelphia 76ers assistant coach Brian James said he has not had any formal talks with Northwestern University to become an assistant coach with the men’s basketball team. Chris Collins, son of Sixers coach Doug Collins, was recently named the head coach there. “I have not talked to anyone about a position,” James, reached this morning by phone, said. “I have talked to Chris since he got the job and I’m very happy for him. We talked about his future. As far as I am concerned, I’m here waiting to see what happens.” Philadelphia Inquirer

“Obviously I have a very strong relationship with the Collins family; that’s something that goes without saying, so of course Chris and I have talked. But I have had no formal conversations with Northwestern.” Philadelphia Inquirer

April 13, 2013 Updates

While 76ers coach Doug Collins has not addressed a column in Thursday's Inquirer that indicated ownership wants him to resign, there are others in front offices around the league that are willing to talk about it. Such was the case Friday when an Atlantic Division general manager, speaking anonymously, addressed the situation. "Doug has gotten them to the playoffs in the last two seasons, so he's got that going for him," the general manager said. "Everyone knows he's an excellent coach. But that situation wasn't right from the start," he continued, obviously referring to the trade for Andrew Bynum, who never played this season for the Sixers. "Does he get the blame for that? I don't know. Seems like there's something else going on. I don't know, so I can't speak specifically. You just wonder." Philadelphia Inquirer

April 12, 2013 Updates

“Absolutely," said Collins when asked if he feels management has his back. "I’m going to talk about the NBA, I’m going to talk about Washington, so let’s move forward about the Washington game. Let’s move forward to the basketball game. We have 4 more games to play. I’ve told you all along, I’m not the topic of conversation. We’re going to focus in on the games, we’re going to play those. We’ll sit down at the end of the season, as we’ve always done. I have a wonderful relationship with (owner) Josh Harris and we will discuss what we need to do next year. Philadelphia Inquirer

“I told you, let’s talk about the basketball game. You drove a long way here for that. There’s nothing to put to bed. Guys, you’re not going to trick me. Let’s go. What do you want to talk about? I want to talk about the basketball game. The focus is not me.” Philadelphia Inquirer

The source said the Sixers never had discussions about replacing Collins. Accordingly, Aron told CSNPhilly.com in an interview in March that the Sixers hoped Collins would coach the team for many years. CSNPhilly.com

In the wake of a published report saying the organization privately hopes Doug Collins doesn’t return next season as 76ers coach, his agent claims it will be Collins’ call. “The relationship with Doug, me and Sixers management has been terrific,” said John Langel during a Thursday afternoon telephone conversation. “What they told me beyond this season and as recently as today and yesterday is how long Doug stays here is Doug’s decision.” Langel denied rumblings that the story, which cited multiple unnamed NBA sources, in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer originated from Collins’ camp. phillyburbs.com

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