Editor’s note: this post has been edited since it was first published.
David Heller, who bought into the Sixers in 2011 as a limited partner to Josh Harris/David Blitzer, is no longer a part of the team. Heller had been heavily involved in basketball decisions, especially the draft, over previous 8 years. The Sixers confirmed/passed along statement: “We can confirm that David Heller has sold his interest in Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE). David will always be a friend to this organization. We appreciate his time, effort, energy and partnership “...and wish him well in his future endeavors.”
As of right now, there doesn’t seem to be a clear moment in time when this happened. But if it occurred very recently, it is an interesting development given the point at which the team finds itself, with a potentially franchise-altering free agency looming.
David Heller had a reputation as one of the more pro-Hinkie voices in the ownership group and was talked about as being more open to finding new ways of approaching team building and organizational development than some of his peers in the ownership group. It’s unclear how much more of an explanation we’ll get on this situation, but it could be a pretty significant change to how the Sixers operate, as they’ve lost in influential voice in the room.