Former Blue Coats GM Elton Brand expected to take same  role with 76ers

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Former Delaware Blue Coats General Manager Elton Brand will take the same role at parent team, the Philadelphia 76ers, according to multiple media reports. A formal announcement has not yet been made.

The promotion marks a remarkable rise for Brand, who is only two years removed from playing in the NBA in a career that includes time with the 76ers

Brand had earlier received a promotion to executive vice president of the team.

Construction is now underway on the 76ers Fieldhouse on an extension of the Wilmington Riverfront.

The team, which now plays at the Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware, is slated to play at the Wilmington fieldhouse, perhaps in December.

Brand will succeed Bryan Colangelo, who resigned after a series of tweets under another name criticized members of the 76ers team.

The choice of Brand raised eyebrows in basketball circles, given the complexities of running an NBA team.

Sixers coach Brett Brown presided over the past NBA drafts. It was speculated that Brown – whose team made its way to the playoffs for the first time in several years – will remain in charge.

The Blue Coats recently underwent a rebranding from the name Delaware 87ers. The 87ers name referred to the year Delaware became the first state to ratify the Constitution, while the Blue Coats referred to the state’s Revolutionary War troops.

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