The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Daryl Morey as their President of Basketball Operations, as reported by The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
The move to Philadelphia comes just two weeks after Morey stepped down from his role as General Manager of the Houston Rockets, a position he had held since 2007. In his time with the Rockets, Morey constructed some historic offenses around James Harden and won the NBA’s Executive of the Year Award for the 2017-18 season.
The 76ers also re-signed Elton Brand as their general manager and hired Doc Rivers as their new head coach. The new regime of Morey, Brand and Rivers will be tasked with winning and building around their core of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Despite the trade rumors that surround both young stars, the expectation around the league is that Philadelphia will make alternative moves to bolster their roster around them.
Although the plan is to keep the teams core together, Morey is known for his affinity for making big trades to shake up his rosters. If a deal comes up that he feels will help the team contend, he will not hesitate to make the move regardless of what the reaction could be. The 76ers’ decisions to move forward with Rivers and Morey could indicate that they are looking to take the next step toward contending for a championship after last season’s disappointing end. With the offseason looming, Philadelphia could be in line to make even more changes to their team.
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