Source says Sixers close to inking new general manager

A source says that Rod Thorne's replacement has been picked by the team. (Clem Murray/Staff file photo)

According to a source the 76ers are close to inking former Portland Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn as their new general manager. Penn would replace president Rod Thorn, who is set to move to an advisory role with the team.


Thorn is in the last of his three-year contract that was agreed to with then-owner Ed Snider. The contract also was for Thorn to serve another five years as a team advisor. It is believed that Thorn will move immediately to his new role when Penn becomes the general manager.


Penn, who was released as vice president of basketball operations by Portland in 2010, is said to be a CBA guru and a master capologist. He would be coming into a good situation with the Sixers on that front, as the team’s moves this offseason have left them with many short-term contracts.


For seven seasons Penn worked for the Memphis Grizzlies, part of the time as the team’s assistant general manager and he also did work at ESPN, analyzing how the CBA and how the salary cap affected teams in their desire to make moves.

The source said that Penn was in Philadelphia and that a deal could be very close.