Sixers half methods with Sergi Oliva; Joseph Blair takes job with Timberwolves


Sixers entrance workplace member, assistant coach depart initially appeared on NBC Sports activities Philadelphia

The Sixers have parted methods with vp of technique Sergi Oliva, a supply confirmed Thursday night time to NBC Sports activities Philadelphia. He’s accepting a training function with the Jazz. 

Assistant coach Joseph Blair has additionally left the group and is becoming a member of the Timberwolves, a supply confirmed. The Inquirer’s Keith Pompey was first to report the departures.

Oliva was employed in 2016 by former president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and promoted final yr from his place because the workforce’s senior director of analytics and technique. He was influential in figuring out the Sixers’ substitution patterns and offering enter primarily based on analytics from a task on the ground throughout video games. 

Marc Eversley left his job because the Sixers’ senior vp of participant personnel in April to turn into the Bulls’ GM. Normal supervisor Elton Model mentioned in Could he was “actually proud” of what the Sixers had in Oliva, government VP of basketball operations Alex Rucker, assistant GM Ned Cohen and VP of scouting Vince Rozman, however that he’d be prepared to look exterior of the group to exchange Eversley. 

Model’s tone was totally different on Aug. 25, the day after the Sixers fired Brett Brown as head coach. At the moment, he promised a “thorough evaluation” of the Sixers’ entrance workplace

Daryl Morey, an government ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowsi says the Sixers thought of in 2018 earlier than hiring Model, stepped down as Rockets GM on Thursday. We’ll see if the Sixers now pursue Morey, the NBA’s Government of the Yr winner in 2018 and an in depth good friend of former Sixers GM and Course of originator Sam Hinkie. Rockets proprietor Tilman Fertitta advised reporters Thursday night time that if Morey takes one other job within the NBA, he thinks he’ll “in all probability find yourself within the East Coast.”

Blair joined the Sixers for this season after successful the G League championship with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers within the 2018-19 marketing campaign. The previous Harlem Globetrotter was targeted on the Sixers’ offense and pushed for spacing modifications.

One other assistant beneath Brown, Kevin Younger, left the Sixers final week to take a training place with the Suns. Dave Joerger agreed to hitch new head coach Doc Rivers’ workers on Thursday, a supply confirmed to NBC Sports activities Philadelphia. 



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