WEDNESDAY, 4:31pm: The Sixers may not quite be on the verge of hiring Penn, but he is the frontrunner for the GM job, says Dei Lynam of CSNPhilly.com. Still, Philadelphia is expected to meet with former Hornets GM Jeff Bower this week, according to Ken Berger of CBSports.com (via Twitter). Bower was also in the running for front office positions in Portland and Orlando earlier this offseason.
TUESDAY, 2:28pm: The Sixers are close to hiring Penn to be their new GM, according to Bob Cooney of the Philadelphia Daily News. It is believed that if Penn lands the job, current GM Rod Thorn would immediately move to a new advisory role with the club.
SUNDAY, 4:28pm: Former Trail Blazers executive Tom Penn is a frontrunning candidate for the Sixers' general manager position, according to CBSSports.com's Ken Berger. Philadelphia had previously interviewed Danny Ferry for the position, before Ferry took the same job with the Hawks.
According to Berger, Philadelphia's ownership group is expected to consider several candidates to handle the day-to-day duties under Thorn and eventually succeed him as team president. Penn has previously served as an assistant general manager in Portland, and was offered Minnesota's general manager position in 2009 before it was eventually given to David Kahn.