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Bryan Colangelo AKA Eric jr may find his way back to the NBA.
The Sixers' former president of basketball operations interviewed with the Bulls for their “top basketball operations position,” per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Colangelo’s time in Philadelphia did not go as well as his previous stints in Phoenix and Toronto. He was hired by the Sixers after his father, Jerry, came in as chairman of basketball operations, which prompted GM Sam Hinkie to resign.
The one move that will always be associated with Colangelo’s tenure is trading up to draft Markelle Fultz No. 1 overall in 2017. Colangelo orchestrated the deal with the rival Celtics. Fultz had a bizarre start to his career with the Sixers, which ended with him being traded last February, while GM Danny Ainge secured All-Star Jayson Tatum and an extra first-round pick.
The reasoning for Colangelo’s departure had nothing to do with the way he assembled the roster, of course. On May 29, 2018, an article in The Ringer linked Colangelo to several burner Twitter accounts that revealed confidential team information and posted disparaging remarks about people in the organization — including players. After an investigation, Colangelo resigned on June 7, 2018.
This could affect the Sixers in that there’s a possibility he could try to pluck members of the front office away if hired by the Bulls. Colangelo originally hired Elton Brand, assistant GM Ned Cohen and senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley, among others.
There have been many names linked to the Chicago job, but if Colangelo is the one that’s picked, that would be … something.
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