NBA news: Sixers bringing on Daryl Morey to oversee basketball operations

Oct 23, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta (left) and general manager Daryl Morey (right) talk during the game against the Memphis Grizzlies at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

It did not take former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey long to find a new gig after resigning his post earlier in October. In fact, the respected NBA player personnel man is making news on Wednesday by joining the Philadelphia 76ers.

NBA news: Sixers hiring Daryl Morey

According to the report from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, current Sixers general manager Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current post.

The Rockets’ general manager from 2007-20, Morey oversaw consistent championship contention from the organization. However, the team was not able to get over the top in the playoffs. That included a premature postseason exit during the 2019-20 NBA season.

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This news comes mere weeks after the Sixers made waves by hiring former Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers to replace the recently-fire Brett Brown. That latter move was also huge news around the NBA world.

Sixers rumors: Impact of hiring Daryl Morey

Philadelphia 76ers stars Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid
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Let’s talk about the 500-pound elephant in the room. Following the Sixers’ early exit from the playoffs in Orlando, rumors suggested that they might break up the big two of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. While the organization attempted to snuff out said rumors with a statement to the news media, it still lingers.

Bringing in Morey will obviously lead to rumors about the Sixers potentially trading for star Rockets guard James Harden. The former GM made news this past season around the NBA water cooler by praising Harden at every turn. Could a Simmons for Harden swap be in the cards here soon? Time till tell on that front.

What we do know is that the Sixers brought in Morey with less than a month to go before the start of NBA free agency. If that’s not major news, I am not sure what is.

This should get fun.