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Jerry Colangelo’s tenure with Sixers is ending when 2018 wraps up

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The NBA-lifer will be stepping away from the Sixers when his contract ends.

2017 Las Vegas Summer League - Philadelphia 76ers v San Antonio Spurs Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

According to Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post, Jerry Colangelo will be leaving his post with the Sixers once his current contract runs out at the end of 2018:

Yet the past few months, Colangelo has been stuck in a precarious personal position. He has had to watch his son, Bryan, endure an embarrassing situation in which he resigned as president of basketball operations with the Philadelphia 76ers following revelations that Bryan Colangelo’s wife, Barbara, had been operating fake Twitter accounts on his behalf.

“I haven’t made any public comments about what transpired,” Jerry Colangelo said. “I don’t think it would be appropriate. It’s a very difficult summer for him, and his family.”

In discussing the situation, Colangelo termed his own tenure in Philadelphia — with which he served as a special adviser — as over, before clarifying that it is “over at the end of the year.”

A league source confirmed that account. While Colangelo is under contract through the end of this calendar year, and the 76ers will be honoring that contract, it won’t be renewed. It is an awkward ending to what was one of the stranger stories in recent NBA memory.

When Jerry was brought in as an advisor to the franchise, the idea of some was that his Team USA connections and his decades worth of experience in the NBA would bring back legitimacy to the Sixers’ franchise; that his connections would help the Sixers land marquee free agents or help in dealings with other franchises. Unfortunately for Jerry, he won’t be known for any of those things in Sixers land. What he will be remembered for is exercising nepotism in bringing his son, Bryan Colangelo — who, this summer, stepped down from his post as President of Basketball Operations with the Sixers after his wife was discovered using multiple Twitter accounts to anonymously defend Bryan and post sensitive information on Sixers’ personnel — to the Sixers’ front office and indirectly (or, directly) ousting Sam Hinkie.

Jerry is the last trace of the Colangelo family within the Sixers organization, and really, it is just sort of weird that he’s still technically with the team. But remember that Bontemps writes, “In discussing the situation, Colangelo termed his own tenure in Philadelphia — with which he served as a special adviser — as over, before clarifying that it is ‘over at the end of the year.’” I don’t know about you, but I interpret that as Jerry saying that his tenure with the Sixers is over from a practical standpoint and his employment is more of a formality/honoring the contract. The Colangelo era is over.