Sixers promoting Elton Brand to GM

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The Philadelphia 76ers have hired former National Basketball Association player Elton Brand as general manager, league sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The Crossover confirmed the report.

Wojnarowski said that Brand, 39, impressed both team ownership and head coach Brett Brown during the team's extended interview process, one that raised eyebrows around the league for lasting months past the National Basketball Association draft in June as well as the start of free agency in July. Brand, 39, retired as a player following the 2016 season and has spent the last two years in the organization, serving as GM of the Sixers' G League affiliate in DE and, most recently, executive vice president of basketball operations. For his part, Brand has completed a swift ascent, having been hired in December 2016 as a player development consultant and promoted in August 2017 to GM of the team's G-League affiliate, then named last month as the executive vice president of basketball operations.

Per the report, Brand will be announced as the new GM at a team press conference on Thursday.

Brand, 39, takes charge following Bryan Colangelo's unceremonious exit this summer.

"That is my expectation, that we will have a general manager before the season starts, " Brown said. Under Brown's watch, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons have blossomed into two of the top young players in the league. I do not believe in the role that I have as a head coach that it's tenable.

The Sixers were rocked when an independent review found that Colangelo's wife, Barbara Bottini, operated four Twitter accounts it investigated, and she admitted using private information to criticize the Sixers and rival colleagues.

Colangelo and his predecessor Sam Hinkie, who hired Brown, had the final say in player personnel decisions.

"I do have a voice".

In addition, the Sixers were reported to have unsuccessfully tried to lure Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey in July.

"I think we would all be naive to think free agents choose a basketball program because of a general manager", Brown said. Following the dismissal of disgraced former general manager Bryan Colangelo back in June, Brown served as the franchise's interim GM. "They come because of Joel and Ben".

The choice of Brand to handle the team's GM duties marks a bit of a surprise, but it will cap a turbulent offseason for the up-and-coming 76ers, who leapt from just 10 wins two seasons ago to 52 this past season.

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