Conflicting reports have emerged out of Philadelphia regarding the future of Doug Collins.

Bob Ford, Philadelphia Inquirer reported today that the "76ers organization privately hopes that Doug Collins decides not to return for the 2013-2014 season."

The report also cites league sources telling Ford the team does not intend on extending Collins contract beyond next season.

According to John Finger, CSN Philly, sources told him that the "Sixers are completely supportive of Collins as he heads into the last season of his contract as the team's head coach."

Sources also said that the team has had no discussions on Collins replacement.

Finger called "The Sportsbash" on Thursday to discuss his report with Mike Gill and reiterated that it's Collins decision when to call it quits.

'Sixers are saying publicly that Collins can stay around as long he wants to stay around,' Finger said.

The Sixers are 16 games below .500 and have failed to make the playoffs.

Tom Moore covers the Sixers for called in to give his report on the Collins story.

Moore reiterated this to Gill during his interview, but also said that if Collins were to return next season it would come with lame duck status.

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