Sam Amick of SI.com broke the news late last night:
Boston Celtics assistant general manager Mike Zarren is a serious candidate for the Sixers general manager position, sources with knowledge of the search told SI.com.
With incumbent Rod Thorn expected to transition to a consultant role once his replacement is found, the Sixers were reportedly deciding between former Portland assistant general manager and ESPN analyst Tom Penn and former New Orleans general manager Jeff Bower. Penn was considered the frontrunner just weeks ago, but sources say his candidacy has taken a serious hit while Zarren and Bower continue to jockey for the job.
Zarren is an intriguing addition to the field of prospects; a widely-respected purveyor of advanced player statistics in the NBA who is one of the least-known yet most-influential members of the Celtics’ front office group. A lifelong Celtics fan and season-ticket holder who began as an unpaid intern in 2003, Zarren — a Harvard Law graduate who has also served as Celtics’ team counsel — has become known as the right-hand man of general manager Danny Ainge.
I’ll leave it to former CelticsHub writer and friend Zach Lowe of SI.com who put it best when hearing this news:
People of Philly: If the Sixers are including Mike Zarren in the GM search, they are doing a really good job. That is all.
— Zach Lowe (@ZachLowe_SI) August 18, 2012
Zarren was one of the main architechs of the Kevin Garnett deal amongst others and is an invaluable resource in the front office. While it would be a tough blow to the C’s to lose him, would be good to see him get some well deserved recognition and a chance to run his own ship elsewhere. Stay tuned.