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Sixers to hire Doug Collins

Update #2:  Kate Fagan has the breakdown of Collins' assistants ...

Various NBA sources indicated that Collins could potentially fill out three spots on his staff with Michael Curry (who Collins coached while with Detroit), Brian James (who was on Collins' staffs in Detroit and Washington) and Aaron McKie (who has been on staff with the Sixers under Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo, and Eddie Jordan).

Update: ESPN now has the scoop, and reports the length of the deal is four years ...

The Philadelphia 76ers agreed on a four-year deal with TV analyst Doug Collins to become their new coach, a source told's Chris Sheridan on Thursday.

Kate Fagan via Twitter ...

76ers have agreed to terms w/ Doug Collins, NBA source confirms. Announcement tomorrow; Collins likely introduced on Monday.

No surprise here. I think Doug will be a solid coach, and he's walking into a nice situation. Last year the team won 27 games and everyone despised Eddie Jordan, so Collins will look like a savior if the Sixers win 37+ games and play defense again. People tend to forget the Sixers are a year removed from making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, and made up for the loss of Andre Miller with Jrue Holiday, and hopefully Evan Turner 

Just for kicks, here's my case against Doug Collins. I was hoping for a coach with more upside, but Collins is an okay hire, considering the Sixers were set on bringing in an experienced guy.

HT: Scott Schroeder

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