Doug Collins will remain with the Philadelphia 76ers as a special consultant rather than coach the franchise for a fourth season, according to a person close to the situation.

Collins and the team are ironing out the terms of the deal, which could be officially announced Thursday morning, when the coach and Sixers majority owner Joshua Harris are expected to address the media. The Sixers finish the regular season tonight at Indiana.

Collins informed Sixers ownership after the team’s home finale on Sunday that he did not wish to return as head coach next season, a source confirmed, even though his agent, John Lagel, unequivocally told reporters the opposite immediately following his client’s postgame press conference.

Collins himself has repeatedly refused to speak about whether he intends to return next season and fulfill the final year of his contract, which will pay him $4.5 million.