Posted May 29, 2012

Report: Philadelphia 76ers likely to extend coach Doug Collins’ contract

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The Philadelphia 76ers likely will extend the contract of coach Doug Collins this offseason. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers probably will extend coach Doug Collins’ contract this offseason, the team’s managing owner Josh Harris told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Bob Ford.

“We haven’t sat down and had that discussion yet, but we want Doug to be here a long, long time,” Harris said. “We consider Doug a real asset of the organization.”

The 76ers made the playoffs as a No. 8 seed this season and eliminated the top-seeded Chicago Bulls in the first round. Philadelphia then pushed the Boston Celtics to a Game 7 before bowing out in the Eastern Conference Semifinals.

Collins has been a guiding force for the young team, which has made the playoffs during both of his seasons as coach. The year before he arrived, the team went 27-55.

Ford reports Collins’ current contract lasts one more season, with a club option for the following year.