Sources: Sixers interviewing candidates for Thorn’s job

Whether the Sixers need wholesale changes or a tweak here or there this offseason, the first change appears to be with the man charged with making those moves.

The Sixers are currently interviewing potential replacements for president of basketball operations Rod Thorn, team sources told the Daily News on Monday.

The team has received permission to talk with personnel executives from some teams, a source said. The Sixers also have been turned down by some organizations.

Potential candidates, according to league sources, include San Antonio vice president of operations Danny Ferry ; Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey; Jeff Bower, who was a general manager for the New Orleans Hornets; Oklahoma City assistant GM Troy Weaver ; Atlanta GM Rick Sund , whose contract expires at the end of June; and Milwaukee GM John Hammond, who has a year remaining on his deal. Hammond, who was denied permission to talk to Portland last month, was an assistant coach for Doug Collins with Detroit.

The Sixers’ interview group consists of owner Josh Harris, CEO Adam Aron, Collins and Thorn, a source said.

Thorn, 71, took a similar role in identifying his successor in New Jersey when the Nets hired Billy King as general manager in 2010.

Thorn is entering the final year of his 3-year contract as president, but the deal he signed in August 2010 with then-chairman Ed Snider included a provision for Thorn to become a part-time consultant for 5 years after his contract expired.

A team source said that the process of replacing Thorn could take up to a year, which is why the search has started now. If “Mr. Right” were to come along in the near future, the Sixers would make the hire and Thorn would assume his part-time role immediately. The search did not start until after the Sixers’ run into the second round of the playoffs had ended, the source said.

The source indicated that the organization is in no way trying to remove Thorn from his position; rather, it is trying to start a process that could take a while to complete, maybe even until Thorn’s contract has expired.

One has to wonder, though, as the relationship between Collins and Thorn has appeared to be cool at times and downright cold at others. Both are extremely competitive individuals, and the butting of heads certainly had to be expected. But the source denied there was anything behind this move other than getting a head start on what might be a long process.

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