HoopsHype Rod Thorn rumors

March 14, 2013 Updates

Sixers president Rod Thorn called Andrew Bynum's injury situation "bizarre" and confirmed that insurance would reimburse the organization for at least a portion of the one-time All-Star center's $16.9 million salary this season. "There is a league-wide insurance that he's under that gives you some relief along those lines," Thorn said before the Sixers played the Miami Heat on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. "It's the same league-wide program that every player's under. Unless you have a pre-existing condition — and he didn't — so he's on the same one as everybody else." USA Today Sports

Bynum was originally diagnosed with a bone bruise in his right knee in September and with a "mirror issue" in his left knee in November, when a piece of cartilage broke loose and his joint swelled after going bowling. The Sixers expected Bynum to be ready to play in the season opener, but as the season progressed, the team and player repeatedly delayed the date of his expected debut. "It's a little bizarre, there's no doubt about it," Thorn said about Bynum's inability to get on the court. "He's had problems. He's worked very hard. As you can see when you see him, he's huge. His upper body, he works in the weight room, he works hard, he just hasn't been able to play. It's been very tough for him and obviously it's been very tough for us." USA Today Sports

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The Sixers on Friday agreed to a deal promoting assistant GM Tony DiLeo to general mnager under president Rod Thorn, a league source told CBSSports.com. Thorn will stay in his role for the time being, and DiLeo will eventually replace him as part of the team's previously agreed upon succession plan when Thorn retires, the source said. According to one of the people with knowledge of the matter, Ujiri mutually decided with Nuggets ownership to stay the course in Denver, where he has substantially remodeled and upgraded the Nuggets' roster since trading Carmelo Anthony to the Knicks in February 2011. Ujiri also managed to get involved in the Dwight Howard sweepstakes and earned the respect of his peers by winding up with Andre Iguodala in the deal while also moving future salary. CBSSports.com

The 76ers have narrowed the search and appear to be leaning toward promoting assistant GM Tony DiLeo to the GM job, league sources said. The 76ers had considered former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower, but as the Philadelphia Inquirer recently reported, DiLeo has emerged as the favorite to take over for Thorn. Yahoo! Sports

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Rod Thorn on the potential for a long-term extension for Bynum in Philadelphia: “Over the course of the season, if he’s happy and he’s healthy, we’ll certainly do everything we can do re-sign him. And we certainly are in the driver’s seat because we can give him an extra year and obviously more money. But to me, if he’s happy, he’s going to want to sign here. So I think it was a risk, anything you do there’s a risk. But if you’re going to take a risk, always take it on somebody who could be a special player.” Sports Radio Interviews

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