Tony DiLeo Rumors
Q: You don’t have an assistant GM, and longtime NBA guys like Doug Collins and Rod Thorn and Tony DiLeo are now gone. Before you hired Brett Brown, who are some of the people who were helping with personnel decisions? A: We have a talented staff that’s been working real hard, behind the scenes, that people don’t see. Courtney Witte is our director of player personnel and we have scouts and we are taking note of things we’ve done personnel-wise. We will continue to look for organization people and we want ones that make good decisions.
The Denver Nuggets have recently had serious discussions with former general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers Tony DiLeo regarding their GM vacancy, a source close to the situation conveyed to CSNNW.com. According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the GM search, says DiLeo is steadfast on a return to management and the source added Nuggets President Josh Kroenke has been pleased with how talks have gone and he considers DiLeo to be a serious candidate.
However, Brown said he does not rule out the role of analytics in building a better basketball team. “All the information, I’m sure, helps,” Brown said. “But at the end of the day, this is a basketball town. They love kids that play hard, play together, play smart. And the best way to tell that about a kid is to look him in the eye in the most crucial moments of a game. That tells you so much. “But you have to give this a chance,” added Brown, who expressed disappointment that former GM Tony DiLeo was let go. “But the Sixers’ new owners have put a lot of money into this program, so you’ve got to give it a chance. Hopefully it will work out because this is a great basketball community.”
To the surprise of some rival executives, the Sixers’ coaching search is being spearheaded by GM Tony DiLeo, whose contract expires this summer. With team president Rod Thorn moving into a consulting role and DiLeo’s contract expiring, rival execs expect the Sixers to engage in a search for a new head of basketball operations, as well. In fact, that process has already begun through back-channel conversations, one person contacted on the Sixers’ behalf told CBSSports.com.