The 76ers are creating a mascot to replace Hip-Hop after relieving him of his duties.
Adam Aron, the Sixers' chief executive officer, said the team's next mascot almost certainly would have a colonial theme to reflect the city's heritage.
The Sixers are working with Jim Henson's Creature Shop and Raymond Entertainment Group, whose founder, Dave Raymond, spent more than 15 years as the Phillie Phanatic.
Aron said the new ownership group has evaluated a "number of drawings of possible successors" for Hip-Hop.
"There is a lot of love for Ben Franklin in this city," Aron said. "At the same time, Ben Franklin was a human being and these mascots are usually more animals. I don't think our pure mascot will be Ben Franklin walking around on the court. But if there's a way to work in the Founding Fathers or the colonial era or even Ben Franklin, that would be a nice feather in the cap."