An NBA source has confirmed that on Wednesday 76ers President and General Manager Ed Stefanski reached out to the agent of Doug Collins to gauge Collins' interest in the team's coaching vacancy.
John Langel, Collins' agent, could not be reached for comment.
On April 15, Stefanski fired Eddie Jordan after only one season: The Sixers finished the year 27-55.
This move appears to be the first formal step taken by Stefanski, who to this point has said he was simply gathering information and sorting through lists and information.
The 58-year-old Collins was also a "player" in last season's coaching search. A year ago, although Collins was said to be interested in the vacancy, he was never contacted by Stefanski. Collins is currently an NBA analyst with TNT; he has coached the Chicago Bulls, Detroit Pistons, and Washington Wizards, but hasn't been on the sidelines since 2003.
Collins played for the Sixers from 1973-81.