76ers name Tony DiLeo new general manager

The Philadelphia 76ers will promote current vice president of basketball operations Tony DiLeo to the team’s general manager position.

According to a report from NBA.com, DiLeo could be officially announced as the team’s new GM as early as Friday afternoon.  DiLeo coached the team on an interim basis in 2008 after head coach Maurice Cheeks was fired during the season.

DiLeo has been with the 76ers organization since the 1990-91 season and will be the team’s new GM after they interviewed numerous candidates for the position throughout the offseason, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Last year the 76ers finished 35-31 overall, placing eighth in the Eastern Conference, before they upset the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.  Philadelphia ultimately fell to Boston in the Eastern Conference Semifinals in a tight seven-game series.

In the offseason, the team traded away long-time 76er Andre Igoudala as part of the four-team deal that landed Dwight Howard in Los Angeles and brought center Andrew Bynum to Philadelphia.

The Sixers training camp begins on October 2, while their first regular season game takes place at home on October 31 against the Denver Nuggets.

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