After not hearing much on the GM front for awhile, Adrian Wojnarowski dropped another bit of news this afternoon, and for the second time this week. Earlier this week, Woj spoke with Sixers owner Joshua Harris. Harris talked about the GM vacancy and how they are fine with moving forward with the current front office structure.
Today, Woj reported that the team has been granted permission to speak with Larry Harris (Warriors), Gersson Rosas (Rockets), and Justin Zanik (Jazz). All three of these guys have been thought of as capable candidates for any openings that would come along.
Larry Harris has been with the Warriors for ten years, in various roles. After coaching for one season, most of his work has come in the scouting realm. Previously, he was with the Bucks for almost 16 years, where he worked his way up from video scout to GM. Harris played a role in the Warriors drafting guys like Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, among others.
Gersson Rosas was considered a leading candidate to be named the Hornets GM, only to see Mitch Kupchak get the nod instead. Rosas has been with the Rockets for 17 years, save for a season where he briefly left to be the GM of the Mavericks. He has collaborated with Daryl Morey on front office matters for many years.
Justin Zanik left the Jazz for the Bucks last season to be the GM in waiting. The Bucks decided not to hire him when the GM spot opened up, leaving Zanik without a job. He went back to Utah, where he assisted Dennis Lindsey in all aspects of the front office, with a slant towards negotiations. Zanik was an agent for 15 years and has plenty of experience with how to have meaningful relationships around the league.
Will one of these three eminently qualified candidates get the gig? We’ll have to wait and see. Woj reports that the team is planning to start interviews next week. It seems like we might finally have a resolution in the very near future. For now, Brett Brown, Marc Eversley, Ned Cohen, Alex Rucker, and Elton Brand will all oversee the front office.