Philadelphia 76ers president Rod Thorn is considering retirement, according to a report from CBS Sports' Ken Berger.
A source told Berger that Thorn is "leaning toward" retirement but has not yet made an official decision.
Now is a critical time for the Sixers as they look to build on this year's postseason success while needing to make important decisions on eight free agents, including four -- Lou Williams, Elton Brand, Spencer Hawes, Tony Battie -- who are unrestricted.
If Thorn decides to retire, writes Derek Bodner of Liberty Ballers, a possible replacement could be assistant general manager Tony DiLeo.
As we previously reported, DiLeo had informally talked with the Blazers about their open general manager position. Having been with the Sixers organization since 1990-1991, his familiarity with the front office and their thinking could likely ease any transition and keep the ship afloat this late into the draft and free agency process.
Thorn joined the Sixers in August of 2010 after 10 years with the New Jersey Nets. He was named the NBA Executive of the Year in 2002 after the Nets advanced to the NBA Finals.