When the Sixers hired Sam Hinkie as their new general manager last month, Tony DiLeo parted ways with the team after having spent more than two decades in Philadelphia's basketball operations department. DiLeo is looking to land on his feet, however, and has engaged in serious discussions with the Nuggets about the team's GM opening, reports Chris Haynes of CSNNW.com.
According to Haynes' source, Nuggets president Josh Kroenke is pleased with how talks with DiLeo have gone, and considers the former Sixers exec a serious candidate for the job in Denver. DiLeo, for his part, is "steadfast on a return to management," writes Haynes.
Last week, Benjamin Hochman of the Denver Post reported (Twitter link) that Nuggets assistant GM Pete D'Alessandro projected as the frontrunner for the club's GM position, after serving as Masai Ujiri's right-hand man. The Kings have been granted permission to speak to D'Alessandro about their own GM vacancy, so it appears Denver will explore other options.
In addition to seeking out a new GM, the Nuggets are also searching for a new head coach, with Lionel Hollins, Brian Shaw, David Fizdale, and Melvin Hunt believed to be among the candidates.