It seems things are back to normal at the 76ers’ practice facility, at least for now.
Bryan Colangelo, the team’s embattled president of basketball operations, was on hand Wednesday at a predraft workout at the facility, multiple sources said. Duke guard Grayson Allen was among the players who attended the workout, which was not open to the media, the sources said.
The Sixers have the 10th and 26th picks in the NBA draft on June 21. They also have four second-round selections. Allen could be an option for the Sixers at 26.
According to a league source, Sixers co-managing partner Josh Harris and David Blitzer will decide in the coming days on Colangelo’s future with the team with input from CEO Scott O’Neil.
Colangelo is in jeopardy of losing his job after last week’s allegations from a sports and entertainment website, The Ringer, that he was connected to five anonymous Twitter accounts that revealed sensitive team information and criticized players and coach Brett Brown.
The Sixers owners met Tuesday to discuss Colangelo’s future after reviewing the findings of an independent investigation into his and his wife’s alleged use of the accounts, ESPN reported He could learn his fate as early as Thursday.
Colangelo acknowledged using one of the Twitter handles reported by The Ringer, @phila1234567, but never tweeted from that account. The Ringer alleged that Colangelo might be linked to four other accounts that did make controversial tweets.
His wife, Barbara Bottini, also has been connected to the accounts. The two were interviewed separately by investigators from Paul/Weiss, the law firm hired to probe the matter, ESPN reported.
NBC Sports Philadelphia reported Wednesday afternoon that the Sixers believe Colangelo had no knowledge of the tweets. A team source said that the report was not based on facts and that he would not confirm or deny facts. The source said the investigation was continuing.
If Colangelo does come back, the Sixers must hope that he can regain the trust of the players and fans.
The Sixers hired Colangelo on April 10, 2016.
Allen, a 6-foot-5 combo guard, averaged 15.5 points, 4.6 assists, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals last season for the Blue Devils. As a freshman, he teamed up with former Sixer Jahlil Okafor to lead Duke to the 2015 national championship. Allen was a second-team all-American the following season, averaging 21.6 points.
He impressed at the NBA combine in Chicago last month. He tied for the sixth-best vertical leap, 40½ inches.
Walker, Bridges to work out with Sixers
Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV is scheduled to participate in a group workout for the Sixers on Monday, according to sources. Michigan State forward Miles Bridges is also scheduled to take part, The Athletic reported.
Both players are candidates for the Sixers at No. 10 in the draft.