Collins expects to coach 76ers next season
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Doug Collins’ agent, John Langel, was unequivocal when asked whether his client plans to coach Philadelphia 76ers next season.
“He’s the coach, and he’ll continue to be the coach,” Langel said after the Sixers routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 91-77 Sunday in their home finale.
Collins has refused repeatedly to speak about whether he intends to return next season and fulfill the final year of his contract, which will reportedly pay him $4.5 million.
He has asked his agent to not seek a contract extension.
“Last year we asked for an extension,” Langel said. “This year he’s asked me not to ask for an extension. He wants to take it year by year by year. Last year was very important for him to have the extension. This year he said, ‘I want to just see where I’m at.’ ”
Speculation on Collins’ future with the team has intensified since The Philadelphia Inquirer, citing unnamed league sources, reported Thursday that some in the Sixers front office want Collins to step down.
“Bob Ford has reliable sources, right?” Langel said. “So, he got his story from somewhere. Doug and I don’t know where. We’ve asked the Sixers where.”
Sixers co-owner and CEO Adam Aron has said he hopes and expects Collins to return next season. And Sixers great Julius Erving, a strategic advisor to the ownership group, threw his support behind Collins, his former teammate, Sunday.
“The organization can ill-afford to have Doug walk away,” Erving said, “because they’re not going to get a better coach, a better teacher, so if you’re going to invest money, you’ve got to invest it in him.”
Collins, 61, is in his third season as coach of the Sixers. Ownership picked up the fourth-year option on Collins’ contract last offseason. But he has never stayed for longer than three seasons in any of his previous NBA coaching stops, spending three seasons … [For more on Doug Collins expects to coach 76ers next season, click here.]