The Sixers continue to make changes as GM Elton Brand puts his thumbprint on the organization.
The team is hiring Cameron Hodges as a player development coach and not renewing the contract of John Townsend, a team source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey was the first to report the news.
Hodges has spent the last three seasons with the Spurs, serving the last season as a player development assistant. He worked under renowned shooting coach Chip Engelland, who took over as San Antonio’s head of player development after Brett Brown left to take the head coaching job with the Sixers. Hodges played collegiately at Minnesota State and professionally in Romania, Hungary, Luxembourg and Slovenia.
Townsend, also renowned as a shooting coach, was hired by then-president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo as assistant director of player development in 2016. Hodges will serve as a general player development coach, not specifically as a shooting coach.
The Spurs are often lauded for their player development program which has produced guys like Kawhi Leonard. This past season, guys like undrafted Bryn Forbes, second-round pick Davis Bertans and late first-round pick Derrick White all contributed in San Antonio this season.
Hodges actually spent a summer as an assistant on the Latvian national team ahead of EuroBasket 2017 so the team could monitor Bertans’ progress while the young power forward was overseas.
Chris Babcock is the Sixers’ current director of player development. Hodges will work under Babcock along with Lindsey Harding, the first female coach in the team’s history, Tyler Lashbrook, and Dwayne Jones.
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