Celtics’ Mike Zarren Among Candidates for Sixers General Manager Position

After three years of bad trades and worthless free agent signings, general manager Rod Thorn finally gained back some of the respect of the Philadelphia 76ers fanbase by pulling the trigger on the trade that brought Andrew Bynum to Philly.

GM Rod Thorn (via Getty Images).

After Wednesday’s press conference—where Bynum clearly stated he would like to remain a Sixer for a “very, very long time”—fans are drooling over the ceiling of this young team. Even so, the new Sixers’ owners are wasting no time searching for Thorn’s replacement.

According to the recent report from Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, the team has found its third candidate, Celtics assistant GM Mike Zarren; they’ve already met with Portland executive Tom Penn and former Hornets GM Jeff Bowen. More names surfacing only make sense, given that the appeal of managing this team as currently constructed is a much more appealing option than it would’ve been two weeks ago when the team’s only star was Andre Iguodala and Kwame Brown was slated to start at center.

Zarren has been a relatively unknown part of Danny Ainge’s successful front office, building a championship-winning team several years ago and creating a basketball dynasty that last year made it to the Eastern Conference Finals and nearly knocked off the Miami Heat. His job as Ainge’s “right-hand man” (h/t Amick) makes him a perfect candidate to right Philly’s front office woes and possibly continue to build off of the Bynum trade using next year’s big-time free agent class.

As ESPN’s John Hollinger points out, adding Zarren would be a huge boost:

As Bill Simmonds comically notes, the Sixers have made a surprising change for the better:

Let’s just hope Zarren considers this job worth the price of admission.

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Categories: 76ers, Beat Writing

Author:Manav Khandelwal

I am the founder of Khandyman Sports, and follow all Philadelphia pro sports teams religiously. I also write for the Hoop76, covering the Sixers for ESPN, and am a credentialed Flyers reporter for Main Line Media News.

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