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NBA commissioner Adam Silver responds to Bryan Colangelo investigation

NBA commissioner Adam Silver responds to Bryan Colangelo investigation

The NBA has reached out to the Sixers regarding The Ringer report intimating president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo could be linked to multiple Twitter accounts and the team’s independent investigation around it. 

NBA commissioner Adam Silver addressed the media at Oracle Arena prior to Game 1 of the Finals between the Cavaliers and Warriors. When asked about the league’s contact with the Sixers as well as its eagerness for a resolution, Silver responded:  

“For the league there’s always that balance of speed and doing things in a deliberate and appropriate way. And so I have talked to management at the 76ers and the notion here was, let’s find out what’s going on. And I said, in anything we’ve dealt with over the years, I think you have to separate sort of the chatter and sort of what either fans or frankly the media are saying from the facts. And the first thing we have to do here is determine what the actual facts are in this circumstance.

“I know the first thing that (Sixers managing partner) Josh Harris and his ownership group did was when presented with that story, which I believe came as a surprise to them, was to engage an outside law firm, a New York firm, that specializes in these types of investigations and said here’s all the information we have. Our organization, all of us, are available to you, and I know that includes Bryan Colangelo. And with deliberate speed, but don’t cut any corners, let us know what’s going on.”  

The Ringer article, published Tuesday, suggests a connection between Colangelo and five Twitter accounts, many of which posted criticisms of Sixers players (past and current), head coach Brett Brown, and disclosed non-public information. The Sixers announced the following morning the team had launched an investigation. 

On Thursday, Colangelo arrived at the Philadelphia International Airport, where he told NBC Sports Philadelphia’s John Clark he “stands by his (previous) statement,” which was published in the article. Colangelo also said he is “fully unaware of anything” related to the situation (see story)

The NBA Finals began the same night. 

“Of course from a league standpoint, here we are Game 1 of the Finals, it’s not necessarily something that we want to be talking about,” Silver said. “But it’s the reality of this league. And so I have no information beyond that other than that investigation is underway.”

NBA free agency rumors: Don’t count out Sixers? Examining Al Horford’s possible fit

NBA free agency rumors: Don’t count out Sixers? Examining Al Horford’s possible fit

Al Horford reportedly opting out of his deal and leaving the Celtics is outstanding news for the Sixers.

But what if it meant that Horford would be on his way to Philadelphia?

With Horford set to hit the open market, one GM told NBC Sports national NBA insider Tom Haberstroh, a guest on 97.5 the Fanatic’s morning show, “not to count out” the Sixers as a landing spot.

While the stats don’t bear it out, Horford has been an integral part to what Boston has done over the years. He’s versatile and tough defensively. He’s an excellent passer for a big and has expanded his game out to the three-point line. He’s likely the only player in the entire league capable of guarding both Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. Speaking of Embiid, Horford is a rare player in that he could possibly play with and also backup the All-Star center.

But would he fit here and does it make sense with how it would affect the whole roster? Horford is 33 so he doesn’t necessarily fit from that perspective. He is reportedly looking for a four-year deal so whatever team signs him could be paying him around $20 million at age 37. While he theoretically could play with Embiid, that’s not a sure thing.

If you make this move, you’re also not re-signing Tobias Harris. Sixers fans really soured on Harris after a poor performance in Game 4 against the Raptors. He became a scapegoat of sorts when the team’s problems were much bigger. Harris is 26, a borderline All-Star and has improved every season. It seems like people forget that Harris had an excellent regular season and was playing in the postseason for just the second time in his career. He was also excellent in the Brooklyn series, playing off way more effective versions Embiid and Simmons.

So what it boils down to is this: Sign Horford or re-sign Harris. Harris is younger, ascending and already has a relationship with players inside the locker room. Horford is an attractive option if Harris chooses to sign elsewhere in hopes of having a bigger offensive role, but the Sixers’ priority should still be to #RunItBack with Harris and Jimmy Butler.

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Show: How to watch on MyTeams app

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2019 NBA Draft Preview Show: How to watch on MyTeams app

With the draft a few hours away, our basketball analysts all around the country are breaking down the key storylines, expectations and predictions for the team they cover.

You can watch the 2019 NBA Draft Preview Show live on the MyTeams app at 3 p.m. ET. You can also stream the show right here on NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com by clicking here

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Here are the essentials:

Date: Thursday, June 20
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Where: MyTeams App and NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com

Who:
Ian Begley — Knicks
Sherrod Blakely — Celtics
James Ham — Kings
Paul Hudrick — Sixers
Dwight Jaynes — Blazers
Chris Miller — Wizards
Monte Poole — Warriors
Mark Schanowski — Bulls
Chris Forsberg — Celtics
Jamie Hudson — Blazers
Serena Winters — Sixers

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