Originally written on Philly Sports World  |  Last updated 6/12/12

According to a report in the Daily News today, the Philadelphia 76ers are beginning to search for a replacement for team President Rod Thorn.

Thorn, who is now 71, will enter the final year of his contract this year. According to the report, there is a provision in his contract that would keep him with the organization as a part time consultant for 5 years after the expiration of his contract.

Some are taking this to mean the 76ers are looking to part ways with Thorn, who has been largely inactive since joining the team under Ed Snider’s watch, but the report cited team sources who say that Rod Thorn is actually apart of the process to find his replacement.

Often times, hunts to replace top executives of a franchise take quite a while to complete, as teams look to talk to members of other organizations and have to seek permission to do so.

The 76ers maintain that they are only getting a head start on a long and arduous task of finding a suitable replacement for Thorn. The report by Bob Cooney named San Antonio’s VP of operations Danny Ferry, San Antonio’s assistant GM Dennis Lindsey and several others as potential candidates.

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