HoopsHype Ed Stefanski rumors

October 26, 2011 Updates
October 19, 2011 Updates

According to an NBA source, talks between the Toronto Raptors and Stefanski for their vacant GM job have "heated up." "I'm incredibly thankful for Eddie trusting me to be the coach," said Collins, a huge Stefanski backer. "I didn't butt heads with [ownership] at all about the decision. As we sat down, and you know how strongly I feel about Eddie and I think he's an incredible president or GM, but I think the way they explained it best was they thought they had two guys who were fulfilling the same role. Eddie and Rod are both qualified to be presidents of organizations. But my hopes and prayers are that Eddie is going to land on his feet and that he's going to get a great job. Somebody out there is going to get a heck of a basketball guy. Philadelphia Inquirer

October 18, 2011 Updates

So maybe the new owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, a partnership group led by buyout financier Joshua Harris, are banking on the distressed economy and the ongoing N.B.A. lockout makes this a good time to buy distressed property. The deal, which started in April, with Comcast-Spectator, was approved by the N.B.A. Board of Governors and completed Monday. The terms of the sale were not disclosed. The new ownership group, which includes minority partners such as rapper/actor Will Smith and his wife, actress Jada Pinkett-Smith, is not wasting time making changes during their first day in charge: General Manager Ed Stefanski has been fired, ticket prices have been slashed, and a new team slogan was unveiled during a Tuesday press conference in Philadelphia. Harris announced Rod Thorn will be staying as team president, and Doug Collins remains as head coach. “We were lucky enough when we bought the team to have two fantastic people doing one job,” Harris said. “We are going to stay with Rod. There are no current plans to replace Ed.” New York Times

General manager Ed Stefanski has been relieved on his duties, the new Sixers owners announced in their introductory press conference. Rod Thorn will remain as team president and will be the “captain of the ship,” according to majority owner Josh Harris. “We were lucky enough when we bought the team to have two fantastic people doing one job,” Harris said. “We are going to stay with Rod. There are no current plans to replace Ed.” Philadelphia Inquirer

Speculation had been that Jason Levien, a former NBA player agent and executive with the Sacramento Kings, would be involved in player personnel. Levien is one of the minority owners. Asked about ownership’s involvement in player personnel, Harris said, “You can be assured that we are interested owners. We will be very focused, with lots of debate about what we do with players. At the end of the day, Rod is the captain of that ship. He will run that part of our organization. We will speak with you through one voice, Rod and Doug [Collins] voice when it comes to players.” Philadelphia Inquirer

October 15, 2011 Updates

After making progress on an agreement to become the Toronto Raptors’ general manager, talks with Philadelphia 76ers GM Ed Stefanski have stalled, league sources told Yahoo! Sports on Friday. Two sources with knowledge of the talks used the term “hit a snag” to describe the state of the discussions. Yahoo! Sports

October 8, 2011 Updates
October 7, 2011 Updates

Philadelphia 76ers executive Ed Stefanski is engaged in advanced talks with the Toronto Raptors to take over as general manager, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Stefanski would move into the franchise’s No. 2 basketball executive job under president Bryan Colangelo. Stefanski, who is in the final year of his deal in Philadelphia and has the GM title, knows he probably won’t be retained after his contract expires, sources said. Stefanski lost his spot as the Sixers’ top decision maker a year ago to Rod Thorn, and now the franchise is waiting for the NBA to approve the team’s sale to a New York investment group. Yahoo! Sports

Joe Freeman: Miller would not name any of the candidates he has interviewed and refused to name the people he intends to interview in the future. But a league source told me former New Orleans GM Jeff Bower and Philadelphia GM Ed Stefanski will be among the #Blazers' new GM targets. Twitter

September 19, 2011 Updates

Toronto Raptors president Bryan Colangelo has completed interviews with four candidates for a high-ranking executive job, leagues sources told Yahoo! Sports. Philadelphia 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski, San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey, Indiana Pacers pro personnel director Kevin Prichard and former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower traveled to Toronto in recent weeks to meet with Colangelo, sources said. Yahoo! Sports

August 31, 2011 Updates

Former Nets GM Ed Stefanski appears to be on his way out in Philly, with the Sixers' new ownership, headed by New York-based billionaire Joshua Harris, making plans to revamp the front office. New York Daily News

But Stefanski, who serves under Rod Thorn, as he did in New Jersey, shouldn't be out of work for too long. The Raptors are interested in having him fill the same front- office position left vacant when Masai Ujiri left to become Denver's executive vice president of basketball operations. Sources say that Stefanski also has interest in a position with the Knicks if they decide to bring in another basketball executive. Once Stefanski's post is open in Philly, the Sixers are expected to take a look at John Gabriel, who started out in Philly in the 80's, working under GM Billy Cunningham, and has been with the Knicks the past few seasons as an executive under Donnie Walsh. New York Daily News

July 18, 2011 Updates

Speaking of searches....all remains quiet in the hunt for Donnie Walsh's successor. As we've reported here and in the pages of Newsday several times, the candidates appear to be in-house lieutenants Glen Grunwald and Mark Warkentien and 76ers GM Ed Stefanski, with the latter getting some interest from the Toronto Raptors. Newsday

July 16, 2011 Updates

Sixers general manager Ed Stefanski will interview for the same position with the Toronto Raptors early next month, an NBA source told the Daily News. The Raptors got in touch with Stefanski before the team's sale to a group led by Joshua Harris was even reported in June. Stefanski is among the "front-runners" for the job, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday, also identifying former New Orleans GM Jeff Bower and San Antonio assistant GM Dennis Lindsey. Philadelphia Inquirer

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