Report: Tom Penn a candidate to become 76ers' next general manager

Posted: July 24, 2012

TOM PENN is a leading candidate to replace Rod Thorn as general manager of the Sixers, ESPN reported, citing league sources.

Penn is an NBA analyst for ESPN. He formerly was an assistant GM with Portland and Memphis.

Thorn confirmed in June that the interviewing process to hire his replacement had begun. Thorn is entering the final year of his 3-year contract as president/GM, but the deal he signed in August 2010 with then-chairman Ed Snider included a provision for Thorn to become a part-time consultant for 5 years after his contract expired.

According to the ESPN report, Penn has interviewed with the Sixers, and will meet again with team representatives Tuesday in New York City.

The report, citing a source, said former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower also is a candidate.

One of the candidates the Sixers were said to be interested in earlier in the summer, Danny Ferry, was hired as the Atlanta Hawks general manager.

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