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Rick Sund A Candidate For 76ers General Manager Opening, According To Report

Atlanta Hawks general manager Rick Sund is reportedly a potential candidate for the soon-to-be vacant GM post with the Philadelphia 76ers. Rod Thorn is stepping down as the Sixers' president and GM this offseason, and while they continue their draft operations with Thorn steering the ship, reports surfaced this week that the Sixers interviewed Danny Ferry as a candidate for the next GM.

Naturally, Sund's name has also come up as a potential replacement for Thorn. His contract runs out at the end of June and it's still unclear whether he will receive an extension. The Trail Blazers initially considered Sund for their opening, but the Hawks did not let Portland interview him. Now, it appears the Hawks may be faced with that same decision if the Sixers come calling. Via John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer:

Atlanta general manger Rick Sund is also believed to be a potential candidate. Sund's contract expires at the end of the month, and there is no word from Atlanta or Sund on whether he will be extended. Last month the Hawks denied Portland's request to speak with Sund regarding its hunt for a GM. Portland eventually filled the position with former Los Angeles Clippers GM Neil Olshey.

Sund is one of many candidates whose name has been rumored in Philly. But there are concerns that the new GM will not retain full autonomy over player personnel decisions, with head coach Doug Collins wielding plenty of power within the organization.

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