The Sixers appear to be getting serious about the search for the team’s next general manager.
The Sixers will meet with candidates Justin Zanik and Gersson Rosas for a second time, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey. Zanik and Rosas both met with the Sixers a couple weeks ago along with Warriors assistant GM Larry Harris (Harris does not have a second interview scheduled, per Pompey).
Zanik, a former player agent, is the current assistant general manager for the Utah Jazz. It’s his second stint with the team. He spent 2016-17 with the Bucks in the same role. He was considered the GM-in-waiting in Milwaukee, but the job ultimately went to Jon Horst. It wasn’t a pleasant situation, prompting a return to Utah for Zanik.
Rosas is the right-hand man for previous Sixers’ GM target Daryl Morey of the Houston Rockets. Like Zanik, Rosas has had two stints with his current organization and was the victim of an odd falling out with a different organization. After nine seasons in Houston, Rosas was named the GM of the Dallas Mavericks. Just three months into his job, Rosas resigned, not feeling comfortable with his role. Much like another former Rockets’ front office member, Rosas is forward thinking and strongly embraces the use of analytics.
The team also reportedly interviewed a few in-house candidates last week. The Sixers interviewed assistant GM Ned Cohen, senior VP of player personnel Marc Eversley, VP of basketball operations Elton Brand, and senior VP of analytics and strategy Alex Rucker.