Report: Sixers hope Doug Collins walks at end of season
It’s pretty clear the Sixers are done with Doug Collins and Doug Collins is pretty done with the 76ers. This fits the Collins burnout pattern — three seasons with the Bulls, three seasons with Detroit, two with Washington, now three in Philly.
But of course, it’s not going to be that simple because there is still money on the table.The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Sixers hope Collins just decides to walk away at the end of the season (via CSNPhilly.com).
According to multiple league sources, the 76ers organization privately hopes that coach Doug Collins decides not to return for the 2013-14 season and, regardless of his decision, it does not intend to extend his contract - which has one year remaining.
It will be an interesting game of cat-and-mouse when this season ends. Collins is unlikely to quit and leave $4.5 million on the table, but he is just as unlikely to agree to coach the lame-duck year of his contract.
Later in the morning a source told John Finger at CSNPhilly.com that the call was all Collins on next season.
Of course, that’s what Sixers sources have to say — Collins is still popular with fans. They need to pick their PR battles.
This season has worn on everybody in Philadelphia — the coach, the players, the front office and the fans. They came in with high expectations after making the playoffs last season then adding Andrew Bynum to the mix. But Bynum and his bad knees never got on the court and the Sixers have been in limbo. They will miss the postseason.
Collins is an old-school hard*** who pushes his players hard and pushes management just as hard. He’s been good for the Sixers as he helped build a foundation in Philly — he helped instill discipline in an organization, he made the players accountable. But his style wears thin after a couple years. What would prompt him to walk away? Here is what he told CSNPhilly.com back in February:
This season took a toll on him and he has the look of a guy ready to move on, but it’s his call now. From the Inquirer.
That’s my guess, some kind of buyout and the Sixers can move on with their summer of big questions: What to do about Bynum as a free agent? Do you trade Evan Turner? And what style of team are you trying to build, anyway?