Doug Collins reportedly not wanted back to coach Sixers next season
The Philadelphia 76ers’ Doug Collins is reportedly not wanted back as head coach of the team, according to a report from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Citing multiple league sources, the team “privately” hopes he decides to walk on the final year of his contract. The report also indicates that the team has no intention of extending his contract beyond this year if he decides to return. Collins has $4.5 million remaining on his contract for next season, and the report questions whether he would leave that money behind for an early exit.
Collins said in the report that he hasn’t given thought to next season yet and is instead focusing on winning the remaining games the Sixers have on the schedule. The team is set to wrap up its season April 17 in a game on the road against the Indiana Pacers.
“I’m entirely focused on trying to win the games we have left. I’m not thinking at all about next season. I haven’t gone there.”
The report cites one NBA source with “intimate knowledge” of Collins’ situation and said it’s unlikely the coach comes back next year:
“I think he’s gone at the end of the year. He’ll be moving on. He’ll decide to leave, and they won’t be upset about it. They would like to see it work out that he decides to move on.”
Whatever happens, there isn’t going to be a contract extension,” a second NBA source said. “They’re looking to turn the page.”
A team executive confirmed that the two sides have not discussed a contract extension beyond next season. In 2012, the team gave Collins a one-year extension on the three-year contract he initially signed. The Sixers, 31-47, have been at the bottom of the Eastern Conference for most of the year, in part because their newly acquired star center, Andrew Bynum, has been out all season with knee injuries.