ORLANDO, Fla. — The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Scott O’Neil as their new chief executive officer. The former Madison Square Garden president replaces Adam Aron, who will remain team co-owner and board member.
Aron will also become chairman and CEO of a new investment vehicle that is funded by the Sixers ownership group.
“We are going to try to live the values” of Philadelphia, said O’Neil, who has strong local ties. “The city was built on grit, hard work and toughness and passion. … It’s not going to always be easy, and it’s not always going to go right, and it’s not always going to go our way.
“We are going to come in the next day, and we are going to be tough. And we will never be outworked.”
O’Neil is Villanova graduate and a former vice president of sales with the Eagles. Recently, O’Neil was the president of MSG sports, and he oversaw the business operations for the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty.
The Sixers said he will also serve as an alternate governor of the NBA.
NEW YORK — The New York Knicks signed first-round draft pick Tim Hardaway Jr. to a contract.
Hardaway Jr. was the 24th selection in the draft and played at the University of Michigan where he averaged 14.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 107 games and helped lead the Wolverines to the NCAA championship game last season.
He is the son of five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway Sr.
The Knicks also signed free agent forward C.J. Leslie to a contract.
WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards have signed No. 3 overall draft pick Otto Porter and second-round selection Glen Rice Jr.
Under the NBA’s scale for rookie salaries, Porter was expected to sign a deal that could pay him up to $19.4 million over four seasons, with the first two seasons guaranteed.
Porter averaged 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds and was the Big East player of the year as a sophomore at last season Georgetown.
Rice was selected No. 35 overall by the Philadelphia 76ers. He was acquired by the Wizards in exchange for the 38th and 54th picks. He played last season for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.