Two sources with knowledge of the talks used the term “hit a snag” to describe the state of the discussions.
In the past several days, sources said, this development has caused former New Orleans Hornets GM Jeff Bower to re-emerge at the forefront of the search.
It’s unclear what caused the talks between Toronto president Bryan Colangelo and Stefanski to come undone, but several sources said what seemed inevitable a week ago – the hiring of Stefanski – has been derailed. Stefanski is trying to become more engaged in the Trail Blazers' search, sources said.
Stefanski is working under Sixers president Rod Thorn and has one season left on his contract. But Stefanski knows the Sixers' new owners want to make their own imprint on the franchise, and that he needs to find his next job sooner than later.
Once San Antonio Spurs assistant GM Dennis Lindsey pulled out of the Raptors' search earlier this month, Stefanski and Bower became the two finalists for the job.
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