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There was a time there when it looked like this wouldn't be the case, but the last few weeks have made it inevitable. Doug Collins will be coaching the Sixers for at least a bit longer. According to Bob Ford, in what was a strangely buried factoid, he's about to be re-upped to stay in Philly.
(Owner Josh) Harris said Sunday that Collins’ contract, which is guaranteed for one more year and contains a club option for the 2013-14 season, probably will be extended soon.
"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."
This isn't really surprising. Everything we've heard from the Sixers camp (be it Adam Aron, Josh Harris, or sources in the grapevine) has been about how much they love Doug in the owner's box. His enthusiasm has hooked them and they're more than pleased with what Collins has given them in their first season, lockout-shortened and all.
Implications after the jump.
What this says about the mindset of the owners is unclear. It could mean that they like the consistency which comes from having a coach around for a while. And the Sixers have been riding the coaching carousel ever since Larry Brown left, so they wouldn't be wrong. But it also says that even if they do trade Andre Iguodala (even more of an inevitability now that Collins is staying), they won't be full-on rebuilding, as some of us here hoped they would. That could indicate another contract for Louis Williams (yurgh) or even Spencer Hawes (this), but we'll have to wait a bit for that.
Is extending Collins the right move? He's certainly a win-now coach so if you're into that sort of thing, then I guess celebrate. I'm a big fan of Collins as a person but think he's oddly stubborn as a coach and the lack of X's and O's to his offensive sets (personnel-related, yes) always bothered me. For me, this was expected and not the worst thing in the world.
Although this could be precursor to that. In which case, hold me.