Neil Olshey, a former executive with the Los Angeles Clippers and the Portland Trail Blazers, has been serving as a basketball operations consultant for the Philadelphia 76ers since early June, according to a team spokesperson.
Olshey’s role involves reporting to the general manager, Elton Brand, and the president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey, with an open-ended contract. Currently, Olshey is primarily focused on college scouting, but this may evolve over time.
“I am grateful to Daryl and Elton for this opportunity to consult for a storied franchise like the 76ers,” Olshey said in a statement. “I’m thrilled to support a strong front office and contribute to the overall success of the team in any way I can.”
The 58-year-old Olshey climbed the ranks within the Clippers organization before becoming the general manager in 2010.
He later moved to the Blazers as their GM, holding that position until December 2021 when he was terminated after allegations of workplace misconduct. He also served as Portland’s president of basketball operations.
The Sixers are aware of the circumstances of Olshey’s departure from Portland and are comfortable with his role as a consultant, partly due to his extensive executive coaching experience in recent years.
Daryl Morey, in a statement to PHLY Sports, expressed his admiration for Olshey’s talent evaluation skills and emphasized the value Olshey has brought to the Sixers as a consultant.
“I’ve had a strong working relationship with Neil for nearly two decades,” Morey said in a statement to PHLY Sports. “I have always admired his approach to talent evaluation and think he’s been one of the very best in that area. I’m happy he’s consulting for our group. He’s already proven to be a valuable resource.”