The Philadelphia 76ers announced Thursday the departure of general manager Bryan Colangelo.

Brett Brown will be leading the team’s basketball operations on an interim basis until a new general manager is hired.

Despite the embarrassment this situation brought to the Sixers, it may be beneficial for the Sixers moving forward.

Brett Brown’s role

Brown will be the leader for this organization during a pivotal off-season. Just as he should’ve been anyway.

He’s a respected coach in the league and has proven he can help attract free agents to play with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. (JJ Redick, Marco Belinelli, Ersan Ilyasova)

He is respected by his players and has their back.

“I have had the chance to speak to, since then, most of our players. It certainly was an incredibly unfortunate situation that did confuse people. It confused our players. We feel strong like the communication with our players has been achieved,” Brown said during the team’s press conference on Thursday.

Valuable opening

Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the Sixers opening is valuable to many executives around the league.

What’s not to like? They check all the boxes for an incoming general manager: star players, cap room, a large market and a stable coach already in place.

More than likely, the organization will interview many candidates. They will find someone who can do the job just as well as Bryan Colangelo did.

Now that the NBA Finals are behind us, there’s no time to waste.

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