According to a league source, assistant general manager Tony DiLeo will be promoted to take over the day-to-day operations from president Rod Thorn, whose contract is to expire after this coming season. As agreed upon a few years ago, Thorn will stay on in an advisory position for the team. A release of the announcement could be sent out by the team as early as today and a press conference could take place early next week.
While the Sixers interviewed others to replace Thorn, including Jeff Bower and Tom Penn, the league source said that they kept coming back to DiLeo, who has been with the team since the 1990-91 season. He was the interim head coach in 2008, taking over for fired Maurice Cheeks early in the season. The next season DiLeo returned to the front office as senior vice president and assistant general manager.
The source also said that majority owner Josh Harris and DiLeo are looking to add to the front office, most probably in an analytics role.
DiLeo has been a key figure in the team's scouting and this past draft landed them Maurice Harkless and Arnett Moultrie. Harkless was traded to Orlando in a four-team trade that ultimately landed Andrew Bynum with the Sixers. Harkless was a key figure in getting the deal done.
The Sixers and coach Doug Collins enter this season with a revamped lineup that includes the additions of Bynum, Jason Richardson, Dorell Wright, Nick Young and Kwame Brown, while Andre Iguodala, Elton Brand and Lou Williams have moved on.
The Sixers open training camp on October 2 and player their first preseason game against the Magic in Orlando on October 11.