The day after the season ended, Sixers majority owner Joshua Harris admitted “things did not work out” because the organization “made some decisions we can all learn from.”

He was talking about the basketball decisions made by what was essentially a three-pronged committee of president Rod Thorn, general manager Tony DiLeo and head coach Doug Collins. That day, we officially learned (even though it had been widely reported earlier) that Collins was out. And we knew that Thorn was transitioning to a consultant role with the team. Which left DiLeo. Would he pick the next head coach even though his contract was up June 30 and hadn’t been renewed?

Harris insisted that he and “the GM” – not “Tony,” or “DiLeo,” or “Tony DiLeo,” but “the GM” – would select the next head coach. Then Harris added this: “Tony DiLeo is the GM of the team right now.”

The “right now” part was damning, and it implied a full front-office overhaul would take place. But, oddly, the main narrative in the days after the season wasn’t about who would run the organization, it was about who would replace Collins. It seemed strange that the team would search for a head coach before finding an executive with an overarching plan.

Not long after I wrote that, different people with knowledge of the situation insisted the team was, in fact, looking for someone to lead the front office. They said the Sixers would hire a new president or GM before hiring a head coach.

Two days later, Yahoo! Sports broke the story that former Rockets assistant GM Sam Hinkie had signed a multi-year deal to replace DiLeo. That report was confirmed by, which also learned that Hinkie will replace Thorn as well and become both the Sixers’ president and general manager.

It all makes sense now.