Joshua Harris Rumors

A week after publicly pressuring Sixers ownership to reverse course on a plan to cut organizational salaries by 20%, Embiid is joining with team managing partner Josh Harris and co-managing partner David Blitzer on a $1.3 million contribution to fund testing for 1,000 health care workers in the region. “As Philadelphia prepares to cope with the spread of COVID-19, my heart goes out to all of the doctors and nurses who put themselves at risk of infection in order to help those in need,” Embiid said. “If the doctors and nurses get sick, then there is no one to help the rest of us who might get really sick over the next month.”
Rubin also commented on the Sixers having planned to institute salary reductions of up to 20 percent for full-time, salaried employees making at least $50,000. In a statement Tuesday, managing partner Josh Harris reversed course, saying all employees would be paid their full salaries and apologizing to staff and fans. “To me, if you don’t get something right, the biggest thing you need to do is recognize it and fix it,” Rubin said. “Whether I’m involved or indirectly involved, I screw things up all the time. The most important thing is if you don’t get it right, you’ve gotta fix it immediately and I’m proud of the way the organization said, ‘You know what? We didn’t have it right and we’re going to get it right.’”
Joshua Harris and David Blitzer led a group that bought the 76ers in 2011. A year into their tenure, they hired Sam Hinkie to run the team. Hinkie, with a Stanford Business School degree and an infinite appetite for zigging when others zag, came from the Rockets where, under Daryl Morey, he had been a key part of basketball’s “Moneyball” revolution. They upset the norms of cap and draft pick strategies, uneven trades, contract structures, and talent evaluation to get the Rockets James Harden. Hinkie had fascinating ideas about what a poor team like the 76ers could do to get good.
But 76ers managing partner Joshua Harris put that speculation to rest last night, when he informed ESPN that Brown would return next season. It was the first key decision in a summer destined to be full of them. At a press conference Tuesday morning, Harris confirmed the report at the Sixers’ training facility in Camden. “Brett’s job was never in jeopardy,” Harris said. “Once the playoffs ended, it made sense to just put (the speculation) to rest and move on.” Brown added some levity to the moment. “This is my sixth year in Philadelphia. I have been fired every one of these years,” Brown joked. “Every single one of these years, somebody has me not coming back, and it will happen again next year, early. This is just the way it works in my industry, in this city.”
That said, Stein is not a reporter known for kicking up dust for no reason, and the declaration that a second-round exit would be problematic for Brown is not necessarily new, with Joshua Harris’ previous comments on the subject making it clear that Philadelphia wants to see progress from their second-round exit last season. The Sixers invested serious resources to upgrade the top-end talent this season, and they want results. Totally fair. But as I wrote before Game 6, deciding you are going to fire or not fire someone because of arbitrary benchmarks would be an absurd way to run a billion-dollar organization.
Josh Harris also can do the math: His club is 2-9 against Boston over the past three regular seasons, and the Sixers were eliminated by the Celtics in the second round of the playoffs last year. So how would Harris assess the season if Philadelphia fell to Boston in the opening round in April? “It would be problematic,” Harris answered. “Very problematic. It would not be what we’re playing for.”
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Taylor said general manager Scott Layden handled much of Minnesota’s trade communications, but confirmed reports that he talked with 76ers owner Josh Harris near the end of negotiations. “When you have a trade this important is, I check to make sure the other owner is in sync with the exact same trade that we’re talking about so there’s no misunderstanding,” he said. “That’s just kind of a check that most teams want to do to make sure there’s no misunderstandings with something like this.”
The company that owns the NHL’s New Jersey Devils, the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and a major New Jersey sports arena is going all in on promoting sports betting. Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment on Tuesday announced its second deal in five days to open a lounge at Newark’s Prudential Center to promote sports betting to customers with gambling accounts on their mobile phones.
Following Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery in New York in which the Sixers landed the No. 3 overall pick, managing owner Josh Harris said he’d be willing to pay the tax. “We want to be smart and intelligent about it, but, look, we want to win,” Harris said. “If we’re put in a position to be able to win and get great players, we’ll do it.”
The Sacramento Kings have expressed exploratory interest in former Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie, according to league sources. ‎Sources told that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive sought and received permission directly from Sixers counterpart Josh Harris to speak with Hinkie.
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Eric Goldwein: Jerry Colangelo on his/Bryan’s hiring process. Basically says Bryan was plan from the start: Jerry Colangelo: “Well you know through the commissioner a call was set up between Josh Harris and myself and we had a very nice talk about their circumstances and I was asked to — they wanted to find out if I was available and willing to be of some help. And, um, although I kind of directed the inquiry more to Bryan than to me, because of his availability and his experience, etc. and my plate being as full as it was. It turned out that I came in as a consultant and had a little more responsibility than I thought I had. And nice the decision was made to bring in an experienced basketball person — and Bryan was a candidate — it was important to step aside and let that process take its course.”
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“This is moving forward with everything that has already been established, everything that is in place, and we’re going to be measured in our continued building of this organization,” he said. “With that, I’d just like to say that I’m excited and thrilled to be here. I think this is a wonderful opportunity, not just for me, but for everyone in this room, everyone in this city. It’s going to be an exciting process going forward. There’s a lot to aim for.” That being said, Colangelo warned that he expects roster turnover during what he called “a summer of change.” With as many as four first-round choices in June’s draft, and close to $60 million in available salary cap space, Colangelo will assess who stays and who goes.
The following is a statement on behalf of Philadelphia 76ers Managing General Partner Josh Harris: “This evening, Sam Hinkie notified the organization that he has elected to step down as President of Basketball Operations and General Manager. While we are disappointed in Sam’s decision, we would like to sincerely thank him for his contributions over the past three seasons. There is no question that Sam’s work has put us in a very strong position to take advantage of numerous opportunities for an exciting future.”
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Owners routinely complained about the economic drag the 76ers were inflicting on the league as the revenues of one of the largest-market teams — a franchise expected to contribute more robustly to league revenue-sharing — sagged. For many teams, games featuring the starless and woeful 76ers as the visiting team have been the lowest-attended of the season, sources said. Last year, the 76ers fought a proposal against reforming the NBA lottery rules because it would’ve disrupted their rebuilding plan, which is a transparent attempt to gain the highest draft picks possible by maximizing lottery odds over several seasons while developing young players.
On Monday, 76ers co-managing owner Josh Harris announced that longtime NBA executive and one-time owner Jerry Colangelo, who is the chairman of USA Basketball, is the team’s new chairman of basketball operations and special advisor to the managing general partner. It signals a change in the Sixers’ rebuilding plan. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver had a significant hand in Philadelphia’s decision to hire Colangelo and placed a call to Colangelo to gauge his interest, two people familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports.