It took almost 10 days, but the Sixers have finally made the decision to part ways with general manager Bryan Colangelo.
Here's Colangelo's statment if you care enough to read it...
This will go down as one of the most bizarre stories in the history of Philadelphia sports. Kudos to Ben Detrick for his near flawless investigative reporting, and the Ringer for running the story.
It's safe to say that Bryan Colangelo will not be remembered fondly. Between pompous answers, zero accountability, zero transparency, the Fultz trade, and this twitter scandal, the Colangelo era (error) will be remembered as a complete and utter disaster.
With this scandal now behind them, the organization can finally get back to what's important—building a championship team.
So what's next?
Owner Josh Harris said during his press conference that he "feels really good where they are" as far as the state of the organization. However, it seemed pretty clear between the statements of both Harris and Brett Brown, that someone will eventually be hired as the next general manager.
Hopefully that is sooner, rather than later.
Let's take a look at 3 options...
Marc Eversley, the current Sixers assistant general manager.
He is the only internal option that makes any sense. At least he would be familiar with the organization, players, and coaching staff. However, I doubt he will be the guy.
Eversley is a longtime assistant of Bryan Colangelo, and you would think that the organization would want to rid themselves of all involved with the Colangelo regime.
Interest level: Zero
David Griffin, former Cavaliers general manager.
This is the popular name that will continue to come up. Griffin makes a ton of sense. He could potentially play the key role in the pursuit of LeBron James. Even if the Sixers weren't able to land LeBron, Griffin has been through the rigors of building a championship team.
My only concern would be, why hasn't any other team hired him yet?
Interest level: High
Gerrson Rosas, Rockets executive VP of basketball operations.
Rosas has played a key role in the Rockets recent success, overseeing player personal and scouting in Houston since 2013.
He was a candidate for a number of general manager positions, most notably the Pistons job, but pulled his name from consideration.
Harris has already plucked one guy out of Houston, why not another?
Interest level: Moderate - High
Anyone that the Sixers hire will be better than Colangelo, so I think they will be just fine.
However, I do think it's important to get a general manager in place by the draft.
This is the most important off-season in franchise history, they can't sit back and waste any more time.
The decision of who will be the next general manager shouldn't completely effect an impending free agents decision, but proving that you have a stable organization can only help.
After the Colangelo disaster, stability is the least that the Sixers organization can do for their players and fans.
The next few months will be crucial, but at least for today we can all rejoice in the fact that the Sixers made the right decision by cutting off the head of the snake.