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Source: Sixers making 2 front office hires

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The Sixers are hiring Pacers senior vice president of basketball operations Peter Dinwiddie and Magic director of scouting Prosper Karangwa, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. The Inquirer's Keith Pompey first reported the news. 

Dinwiddie will serve as the team's executive vice president of basketball operations and be the No. 2 basketball operations executive under general manager Elton Brand, while Karangwa will be the Sixers' VP of player personnel, the source said. 

Scott Agness profiled Dinwiddie for The Athletic last year, chronicling his rise from a ticket sales position (and a bartending gig on the side) to a salary-cap guru who also oversaw the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers’ G-League affiliate, and scouted draft prospects. Longtime executive Donnie Walsh is a mentor to Dinwiddie, who’d been with the organization since 2006. 

He was a finalist for the Grizzlies’ GM job in 2014 but decided to withdraw his name from consideration. Dinwiddie also interviewed for the Bucks’ GM position in 2017.

Karangwa played college basketball at Siena and then later played for the Canadian national team and professionally in France, Austria and Germany. He started his own scouting service to target players for overseas teams and leagues before being hired by the Magic in 2012. Interestingly, Phil Jabour was hired as a college scout by the Magic at the same time as Karangwa. Jabour left his position as the Sixers’ director of scouting earlier this week to take a job in the Kings’ front office. 

 

In addition to Jabour, vice president of strategy Sergi Oliva and assistant coaches Joseph Blair and Kevin Young have recently departed the organization. 

Marc Eversley left his position as the Sixers’ senior vice president of player personnel in April to become the Bulls’ GM. Alex Rucker had been serving as the Sixers’ executive vice president of basketball operations before Dinwiddie's hire. 

It remains to be seen precisely how much will change this offseason in the Sixers’ front office, but these are two significant additions. The NBA draft is scheduled for Nov. 18, while no date has been set for free agency or the start of next season.