Report: Sixers’ discussions with Rockets GM Daryl Morey got ‘pretty far down the road’
After Bryan Colangelo resigned from his role as team president of the Philadelphia 76ers, the team took a long time to hire a replacement before finally promoting Elton Brand to the role of general manager. During the Sixers’ search, they reached out to Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey, and Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN reports the negotiations actually went “pretty far down the road.”
This summer Brown oversaw basketball operations while ownership went in search of Colangelo’s replacement. The Sixers had initially gone big-game hunting, and a number of veteran general managers had reached out through intermediaries to inquire about what was now the most coveted executive opening in the NBA. Discussions with Rockets GM Daryl Morey were “pretty far down the road,” according to a source close to the process, but Morey elected to remain in Houston.
Morey, the architect of the revamped Rockets, had the opportunity to continue the Process in Philly. But a Western Conference Finals trip was not enough for Morey to say his job in Houston is done. The Rockets brought in Carmelo Anthony this offseason, forming a formidable scoring trio with reigning MVP James Harden and All-Star Chris Paul.
Philly’s interest in Morey could be founded on the latter’s close relationship with former Sixers GM Sam Hinkie, per Marc Stein of The New York Times. Morey could have been great for the Sixers, considering how he successfully lured superstars to Houston.
Still, Brand has been with the Sixers for a long time, having played for the team and holding several different roles within the organization.
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