Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins walks off the court at the end of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won their home finale 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)The Associated Press
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins, left, talks to Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott at the end of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, April 14, 2013, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won their home finale 91-77. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)The Associated Press
Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doug Collins argues a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game on Friday, April 12, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press the Philadelphia 76ers and Doug Collins are trying to resolve their relationship after the coach told them he would not return for a fourth season.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the issue has not been settled. The person said both sides spent the day working toward an agreement that would keep Collins in the organization in some capacity or free him from the club.
Two people with knowledge of the situation said Collins told the Sixers on Sunday night he would not return next season.
All three people who spoke to the AP say management wanted Collins to return and he was under no pressure to step down. Collins is owed $4.5 million in the last year of his contract.