Agent Denies that Sixers Want Doug Collins Gone

by April 12, 2013

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Philadelphia Sixers (31-47) are putting the wraps on a disappointing and extremely frustrating season, one that had begun with so much promise. And now, there’s growing speculation that head coach Doug Collins may be on his way out after three seasons.

According to his agent, however, the decision to stay or go remains very much Doug Collins’.

Per Philly Burbs:

In the wake of a published report saying the organization privately hopes Doug Collins doesn’t return next season as 76ers coach, his agent claims it will be Collins’ call. “The relationship with Doug, me and Sixers management has been terrific,” said John Langel during a Thursday afternoon telephone conversation. “What they told me beyond this season and as recently as today and yesterday is how long Doug stays here is Doug’s decision.”

Langel denied rumblings that the story, which cited multiple unnamed NBA sources, in Thursday’s Philadelphia Inquirer originated from Collins’ camp. Sixers spokesman Mike Preston said, “We are aware of the report and will not comment on a column loaded with innuendo and speculation.”

Back in October, the Sixers picked up Collins’ fourth-year option for next season (worth around $4.5 million), and the front-office has publicly stated that they would like Doug to return for 2013-’14. His future with the team, though, isn’t entirely clear.

Doug Collins, 61, has never lasted more than three years coaching any of his teams in the past. He has a 107-119 record in Philadelphia.