Reported first by John Clark and then later confirmed by the Sixers.
Jameer Nelson will be joining the front office as a scout and assistant general manager for the Blue Coats.
The former St. Joe’s star and Chester native is 38 years old and retired in 2018 after 14 seasons in the NBA. This will be his first foray into a front office role since bringing his playing career to an end.
We can assume that he’ll work closely with Vince Rozman, the Sixers VP of Scouting. Phil Jabour, the team’s Director of Scouting, recently left take on a new gig with the Sacramento Kings while the Sixers also employ two international scouts and five domestic scouts.
With the Blue Coats, Nelson will be the #2 behind General Manager Matt Lilly, who took over for Elton Brand in October of 2018. Lilly was previously the Coats’ Director of Basketball Operations and Scouting and the G-League team actually has not previously used an Assistant GM, so this a new combo/hybrid role that Nelson will fill.
Good hire though, right? Nelson is a local guy, well-liked, with a plethora of NBA experience. He was a 2009 All Star and is 5th on the Magic’s all-time scoring list.
This would be the third front office move the Sixers have made this season, I believe. Peter Dinwiddie was added last week as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, serving as Elton Brand’s #2. Prosper Karangwa was brought in to be the Vice President of Player Personnel.