What is going on with Doug Collins' agent?
Collins won't be coming back as coach next season, but it's still possible he could return in a different role with the organization. That looked like a real possibility Tuesday afternoon when ESPN's Marc Stein tweeted:
According to Doug Collins' agent John Langel, Collins has negotiated "new relationship with 76ers" as "special consultant" to franchise— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 16, 2013
But just 10 minutes later, Stein tweeted again:
And now Doug Collins' agent John Langel issues press release saying 2PM release on "new relationship" being finalized w/Sixers is inaccurate— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 16, 2013
Stein tweeted a third time, trying to clarify, and then wrote:
More recap: Both releases came from office of Doug Collins' agent John Langel. Sixers have officially declined comment— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 16, 2013
The confusion comes two days after Langel said Sunday night that he expected his client to return as head coach of the Sixers next season. Later Sunday night, Collins, according to a source, informed the franchise that he would not be coming back.
It's all part of what's been a particularly messy exit for Collins.
The Sixers wrap up their season Wednesday night in Indiana.
Collins would not answer questions related to his future with the team Monday night in Detroit, although both he and owner Josh Harris are expected to have media availability on Thursday.