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Tony DiLeo promoted to 76ers General Manager

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Tony DiLeo, formerly the 76ers Senior Vice President of Basketball Operations, has been promoted to General Manager. DiLeo has spent 22 seasons with the 76ers. DiLeo was promoted from Director of Player Personnel to VP of Basketball Operations in 2003.

An official announcement from the 76ers could come later today.

DiLeo will work under team president Rod Thorn this season, and presumably take over for him after the season. Thorn has previously stated that this will be his last season with the club.

This comes after the 76ers have previously talked with Danny Ferry, Tom Penn, Masai Ujiri, Sam Hinkie, and Mike Zarren, among others, about their open General Manager position. Ferry chose the Atlanta Hawks vacant position, and Penn, Ujiri, Hinkie and Zarren all reportedly either declined offers or removed themselves from consideration.

As we have reported here all along, and as others such as John Hollinger have stated as well, multiple sources tell us that Doug Collins has been the primary decision maker for basketball decisions. That likely affected the decisions of the other candidates.

It's unlikely much will change due to this promotion. This move simply sets the succession plan after Thorn departs.