One of the candidates to become the new 76ers general manager, Mike Zarren has removed himself from consideration for the position, according to Paul Flannery of WEEI.com (via Twitter). Zarren, assistant GM for the Celtics, has decided to remain in Boston, says Flannery.
Zarren was one of four candidates reportedly under consideration by the Sixers, along with former Hornets GM Jeff Bower, former Blazers executive Tom Penn, and current Rockets exec Sam Hinkie. With coach Doug Collins operating as the de facto GM in Philadelphia, John Hollinger of ESPN.com doesn't expect the Sixers to hire an "analytics guy," meaning Bower could be the choice (Twitter link).
For now, Rod Thorn continues to operate as the Sixers' president, but he's expected to transition into an advisory role when the club hires its new general manager.