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Sixers Notes: Howard, Bynum, DiLeo, Harris

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports reported this afternoon that Josh Howard was visiting the Sixers today and tomorrow, but that wasn't the only news out of Philadelphia today. New Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo was introduced to the media today, and Rod Thorn's eventual replacement spoke on a number of 76ers-related issues. Tom Moore of did a nice job of rounding up DiLeo's more notable comments on Twitter, so let's check them out….

  • The Sixers are still looking for another wing, and plan to invite one or two to camp. If Howard's meeting with the team goes well, he would seem to be a good fit, though that's just my speculation.
  • Andrew Bynum has returned from Germany, where he received platelet-rich plasma therapy on his knees, and "feels very good."
  • The team has not started to talk to Bynum about a contract extension. Bynum will become eligible in mid-February to sign a three-year extension, but it's more likely he'll wait until the summer, when he could re-sign for up to five years in free agency.
  • The 76ers intend to use "Moneyball-like analytics" more this year. The team also plans to add to its international scouting department.
  • Owner Josh Harris has final say on basketball decisions, according to DiLeo.
  • After he interviewed with Portland for the Blazers' GM opening, DiLeo reached an agreement with Harris not to talk to other teams. Three or four other teams asked permission, and, presumably, were turned away.

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