By David Aldridge, TNT analyst
POSTED: Sep 21, 2012 10:40 AM ET
A source with knowledge of the Philadelphia 76ers' thinking said Friday morning that the team will promote vice president of basketball operations and former interim head coach Tony DiLeo to general manager, perhaps as soon as Friday afternoon.
DiLeo has been with the 76ers since 1990 and has held several positions within the organization, including director of player personnel. He has been the team's chief college evaluator for the Draft for several seasons, working with former GM Billy King. DiLeo will continue to work with Sixers president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, who is expected to remain with the organization in an advisory position.
Philadelphia had looked at several other candidates, including former Hornets general manager Jeff Bower and ex-Portland assistant GM Tom Penn. Yahoo! Sports reported Thursday that the 76ers had also tried to lure current Nuggets general manager Masai Ujiri, but were unable to convince him to leave Denver.
The 76ers have dramatically remade the roster that made the second round of the playoffs last season and lost a seventh game to the Celtics in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They acquired All-Star center Andrew Bynum from the Lakers in a four-team trade that sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles, with All-Star forward Andre Iguodala going to Denver in the deal. The Sixers also got veteran guard Jason Richardson from Orlando in the trade. They also signed free agent guard Nick Young to replace Lou Williams, who went to Atlanta, and acquired forward Dorell Wright from Golden State, while re-signing center Spencer Hawes and key reserve Lavoy Allen to long-term contracts.