76ers agree to terms with Collins

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The Sixers have agreed to terms with Doug Collins as the new head coach. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

According to an NBA source, the 76ers have agreed to terms with Doug Collins; he will become the team's next head coach. The announcement will come tomorrow and Collins could be introduced as early as Monday.

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Although contract amount was not immediately known, one source indicated that the two parties have agreed to a 4-year deal.

Collins, 58, has been the frontrunner since he first interviewed with Sixers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski on May 1. Since then, Stefanski has kept in contact with Collins' camp about every other day, keeping him updated on a coaching search that spanned more than a month and included interviews with seven candidates.
 
Collins replaces Eddie Jordan, who was fired on April 15, less than 24 hours after finishing his first season with a record of 27-55. The Sixers still owe Jordan $6 million over the next two seasons.
 
Collins, currently working as an analyst with TNT, has previously coached the Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards, and Detroit Pistons. He hasn't coached since 2003.
 
Various NBA sources indicated that Collins could potentially fill out three spots on his staff with Michael Curry (who Collins coached while with Detroit), Brian James (who was on Collins' staffs in Detroit and Washington) and Aaron McKie (who has been on staff with the Sixers under Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo, and Eddie Jordan).
 
--Kate

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