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After weeks of inactivity, the Philadelphia 76ers have finally made changes to the front office. Elton Brand will remain first in command, but he has a new No. 2 – former Indiana Pacers exec Peter Dinwiddie, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
As an Indiana native who spent 14 years with the Pacers, Dinwiddie brings ample experience to the Sixers’ decision-making team.
Dinwiddie will assume the title of executive vice president of basketball operations, which previously belonged to Alex Rucker. Overthought to be on his way out, Rucker will instead be reassigned to a role of less significance in the front office. He will focus on analytics and act as an “information gatherer.”
Per Pompey, Dinwiddie’s league-wide perception is largely popular. He is an expert on the salary cap, and is considered “smart and honest.” The Philadelphia 76ers could use more honesty in the front office.
Philadelphia’s decision-makers have lacked both clarity and accountability in recent years, with rampant uncertainty over who exactly makes the calls.
A financial guru also feels appropriate given the Sixers’ questionable salary cap situation. On two of the worst NBA contracts, Tobias Harris and Al Horford will contribute to Philadelphia’s astronomic luxury tax next season. That is unless one (or both) gets traded. Forging a path forward with such limited financial flexibility is Brand’s first challenge as general manager.
Along with Dinwiddie, the Sixers have also signed former Magic scout Prosper Karangwa. A former professional player overseas and a scout in Orlando since 2012, Karangwa was named vice president of player personnel. This comes soon after the Sixers lost director of scouting Phil Jabour to the Sacramento Kings.
Both Dinwiddie and Karangwa come to Philadelphia with positive reputations and are expected to have a say in decision-making – Dinwiddie as Brand’s right-hand man, Karangwa in a more of a fringe role.