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Doug Collins reportedly in negotiations to coach Philadelphia 76ers

Collins_300 TNT basketball analyst Doug Collins is in negotiations to become the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, the team that made him the No. 1 pick in the 1973 draft, according to a person familiar with the talks.

The Philadelphia Daily News was first to report the negotiations.

Collins emerged as the leading candidate to replace the fired Eddie Jordan after interviewing with team President Ed Stefanski on May 1. Other candidates include former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson and Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell.

Collins played eight seasons with the 76ers and went on to compile a 332-287 record in head coaching stints with Chicago, Detroit and Washington.

-- Chuck Schilken

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Doug Collins in 2008. Credit: Kevork Djansezian / Associated Press.

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