The Philadelphia 76ers have filled their vacant general manager spot by promoting former Los Angeles Clippers star Elton Brand.
That is according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, who also reports that the erstwhile player made a huge impression on the team's ownership and head coach Brett Brown.
The Sixers parted ways with former GM Bryan Colangelo back in June, following the Twitter burner account scandal that left the club rather embarrassed, considering the sensitive information that had been leaked. And they cast a wide net in their search for a successor.
Philadelphia has hired Elton Brand as general manager, league sources tell ESPN. Brand will be elevated from VP of Basketball Operations. He made strong impression on ownership and Brett Brown in process, beating out several inside and outside candidates.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 18, 2018
Per Wojnarowski, Utah Jazz assistant GM Justin Zanik, Houston Rockers vice president Gersson Rosas and Golden State Warriors GM Larry Harris were all considered for the post. However, the Sixers ultimately decided to promote from within.
Brand had already served as GM of the team's G League affiliate in Delaware and was recently promoted to vice president of basketball operations. And it is said that he beat several candidates boasting more experience by selling them on his "vision, preparedness and ability to grow into the role at a crucial time for the organization."
The 39-year-old was selected as the first overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls and was traded to the Clippers after two impressive seasons in the Windy City. He spent seven years in L.A with the side, making a name for himself as one of the most effective big men in the league.
Sixers are expected to introduce Brand as GM at a Thursday news conference, league source said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 18, 2018
He would spend four years with the Sixers as a player following his spell in with the Clippers yet his time in Philadelphia was unfortunately marred by injury. After stints with the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks, Brand announced his retirement but was convinced to return to playing and signed with the 76ers once more.
He retired for the second time in 2016 and was later appointed as the side's development consultant.
Brand's rise in the Sixers' front office has been rapid and the former star will be looking to help Philadelphia move closer to their goal of becoming NBA champions.
The team won 52 regular season games in the last campaign and made it to the Eastern Conference semis, where they were ousted by the Boston Celtics.