76ers: Why We May Not See Major Moves Right Away

When Daryl Morey left the Houston Rockets, the 76ers organization didn’t waste anytime reaching out and trying to get Morey on board. They moved quickly and hired Morey as President of Basketball Operations, a dream hire for ownership and fans.

The one time mentor of one of the most polarizing figures in Philadelphia sports history, Sam Hinkie, Morey brings 14 years of top-level executive experience to the Sixers organization. Daryl is known as a mover and a shaker, a wheeler and dealer, and with the clunky fit that the Sixers’ roster is, rumors swirled like crazy of the type of trades Morey would make. Anything from Ben Simmons for James Harden, Joel Embiid for Andrew Wiggins and pick 2, and a thousand different Horford trades have been popping up all over the internet as we try to figure out what madness Morey is going to do with this roster.

But, two things really stuck out yesterday in Morey’s introductory press conference:

  1. Morey is enamored with Joel Embiid
  2. We may not see any big trades right away.

Seeing Joel as a great talent, and one that can win you a championship isn’t some kind of revelation or major breaking news, but thinking Morey may not shake up the roster right away and start putting major trade packages together might go against popular belief though.

“Joel is a dominant, dominant big man. I’m excited tp get back to that. I worked with Yao Ming and we got very close in Houston with Yao Ming. I think we can go all the way with Joel.”

Daryl Morey

Morey was asked a ton of questions about the fit of the roster, making trades, the belief that they can win with a Joel Embiid who “is always out of shape” and a Ben Simmons who “won’t shoot outside 15 feet”. Daryl danced around these questions, saying it was his first day and at least give him till day two to find these answers. He said he has to sit down with Doc and Elton and lock themselves in a room and figure things out. He danced around any roster or trade question like a politician for the most part, but he did go off and talk about what organizations do wrong at times, and that really stuck out to me.

Listening to Morey answer questions you could tell, that even though he is a wheeler and dealer, he doesn’t just make trades to make trades. He spoke about organizations, and how it is a mistake that they think they need to have the perfect roster on day one. If you think about it Morey makes a lot of sense, how do we know a roster is good until the players play together. That’s why the trade deadline is so exciting, because so many teams who thought they had a great roster on day 1, have learned more about it and found it needs tweaks.

Do great moves when available, but often the best move is not done right away. We want to increase our understanding before we make moves.

Daryl Morey

At the very least Morey will have tape and data when he comes to Philly about how this roster “fits” together. So, I am not going to sit here and say he won’t make a major trade, he did admit that there would likely be different players on the team if they win a championship. But, what I took away from the press conference is that he isn’t going to rush something just because it didn’t work right away. I heard a guy who is going to analyze, learn, and further his understanding of what he has on his plate prior to changing things up or making knee jerk reactions.

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If a great move is available, I believe he will pounce on it, but I don’t believe he is going to move Horford right away just to move Horford because he doesn’t “fit”. Morey is going to come in, examine the data, understand the fit of the team, learn from what Doc and Elton think they can do, and if a move is available, maybe he does it, but could it be possible we see the same major pieces on game one of next season? After hearing Daryl Morey talk yesterday, I believe that is a serious possibility, and that’s a good thing. I want my President to make informed, educated decisions on personnel. And I trust Morey to do that, even if it means starting the season with the clunky fit roster.

Longest view in the room.

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