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Sources: 76ers in frequent contact with Collins

In the 10-plus days since meeting with Doug Collins about the team's coaching vacancy, 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski has contacted Collins' camp every other day, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

In the 10-plus days since meeting with Doug Collins about the team's coaching vacancy, 76ers president and general manager Ed Stefanski has contacted Collins' camp every other day, according to multiple sources close to the situation.

On May 1, Stefanski met with Collins at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz.

One source said the two parties have been in "continued communication," while another source labeled Stefanski's communication with Collins as "very good."

There was initial concern that the 58-year-old Collins might pull his name from consideration if Stefanski's search became prolonged and included a slew of candidates. It has, but, according to these sources, Collins has been encouraged by Stefanski's communication and by his willingness to involve Collins in each step of the process.

After meeting with Collins, Stefanski interviewed five other candidates: former Dallas Mavericks coach Avery Johnson, former Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer, Phoenix Suns assistant Dan Majerle, and Portland Trail Blazers assistant Monty Williams.

Stefanski, whose own job is not guaranteed, fired coach Eddie Jordan on April 15, less than 24 hours after Jordan finished his first season with a record of 27-55.

Since completing a string of interviews over the weekend, the Sixers have been reviewing notes from each of those lengthy meetings, and deciding whether to pursue additional candidates or focus on one or two particular candidates and schedule second interviews.

According to a third source close to the situation, Stefanski had been planning to schedule an interview with Utah Jazz assistant coach Tyrone Corbin but has since backed off, possibly indicating that the Sixers' next head coach will come from the aforementioned list of already-interviewed candidates.

Collins is working as an analyst for TNT, but he previously coached the Chicago Bulls (1986-89), Detroit Pistons (1995-98), and Washington Wizards (2001-03). Collins has a career NBA coaching record of 332-287.

According to multiple sources, Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala would be in favor of Collins' hiring. Iguodala, from Springfield, Ill., grew up watching the Collins-coached Bulls, a team led by superstar guard Michael Jordan.

Collins played for the Sixers from 1973 to '81.

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