Sixers director of scouting Phil Jabour is leaving the organization and taking a job as the Kings’ VP of player personnel, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Though not a dramatic shake-up, it’s one change to a basketball operations department general manager Elton Brand promised to evaluate in August.
Jabour had been with the Sixers since 2014 and was promoted to director of scouting last year. He’d previously worked for the Magic and Rockets.
With the NBA draft set to be held in less than five weeks, the Sixers’ front office remains in an uncertain state. Doc Rivers does not have any title beyond head coach but expects to collaborate closely with Brand.
“We’ll work together,” Rivers said at his introductory press conference. “That’s one of the things that was so exciting about this job, to have that opportunity with Elton. I think we have a chance to build something great here, not just on the court. I actually think it starts off the court, and we have to get that part. That’s exciting. I think Elton and I will have a chance to form an amazing partnership together, and we’ll grow from there.”
Potential Sixers draft target Desmond Bane said last month that vice president of scouting Vince Rozman led his interview with the team and that Brand wasn’t present. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported that the NBA has cleared teams to do in-person evaluations of prospects from Oct. 16 to Nov. 16. The draft is set for Nov. 18, and the Sixers own picks 21, 34, 36, 49 and 58.
Brand in May said he was open to making an outside hire to replace Marc Eversley, who’d been part of the Sixers’ pre-draft process in past years. Eversley left his job as the Sixers’ senior vice president of player personnel to become the Bulls’ GM.
There are no official dates yet for the start of free agency or the beginning of next season. Commissioner Adam Silver has said he doesn’t expect next season will start until 2021.