This offseason the Sixers made it clear that, whatever they tried last season, DID NOT WORK. Everything they did last night had just further proved they were operating way different. Morey, Brand, and Company make five moves, two trades, and three picks, with a ton of emphasis on shooting.
The day started off with a flurry of rumors. James Harden, Zach LaVine, and Buddy Hield were all big names that were rumored to the 76ers as it was leaked Morey was working on something “significant” behind the scenes. Although the team didn’t land one of those big three, the front office made some really big moves that will benefit the team in the long run, and give them a little more “optionality” come free agency.
The first trade of the night was a move that I think everyone knew had to be done, Al Horford was traded! In the deal (which hasn’t been made official yet), Horford is on his way to OKC along with a 2025 1-6 protected first-round pick and pick number 34 of last night’s draft, and the Sixers in return get Danny Green and Terrance Furgeson.
The deal, while isn’t one that seems like a great deal at first, has a huge trickle-down effect for the team. Not only did they move Al Horford and the 80 something million he is owed over the next 3 years, but they also got a rotation player back that shoots over 40% from three for his career. On top of that, they also created a trade exception (will be anywhere from 7 million to 10 million give or take depending on when the deal becomes official) and will now be eligible for the full MLE next offseason. Danny Green and Terrance Ferguson’s expiring contracts also add to Morey’s ability when it comes to trading from now to the deadline.
The second trade of the night had pick 36 and Josh Richardson going to the Dallas Mavericks for the second leading three-point shooter in the league last season Seth Curry. Not only did they add shooting, elite shooting, in the trade but Curry is also under contract for about 8 million a year for the next three years. A huge upgrade assuming the fact the Sixers would have lost Richardson to free agency next offseason.
A career .443 shooter from three-point range, Curry is an eight-year NBA veteran, and has seen action in 256 games with Dallas, Portland, Sacramento, Phoenix, Cleveland and Memphis. He holds career averages of 10.1 points, 2.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 22.3 minutes per contest. Last season, Curry connected on more than 45-percent of his three-point attempts, finishing third in the league in that category. Over the past two seasons, he’s made 258 threes, including 187 off the bench, which ranks 11th in the NBA over that span.per 76ers Press Release
The Draft Picks
With the 21st pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers selected Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey! Mike Schmitz of ESPN and Draft Express said he will be a top 10 player in a redraft. Tyrese is a combo guard with the ability to create his own shot, and get to the rim. He only shot 29% from three but shot 83% from the line, something a lot of experts use to determine shooting at the NBA level. He has the tools that will compliment Ben and Joel and could potentially be a closer eventually for the team.
Maxey, a Texas native, played one collegiate season at Kentucky, appearing in 31 games (28 starts) and tallying 14.0 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists in a team-high 34.5 minutes per contest. Following his freshman season, Maxey was named to the 2019-20 All-SEC Second Team as well as the SEC All-Freshman Team. The former McDonald’s All-American notched a team-best 19.0 points per game in contests against top-25 opponents last season. Internationally, Maxey helped the United States earn a gold medal with the U-18 U.S. National Team in the 2018 U-18 FIBA Americasper 76ers Press Release
After trading both early second-round picks, the 76ers drafted Isaiah Joe, a sharpshooter from Arkansas, with the 49th pick. Joe shot 37% on 9 threes a game and was rumored to have received a promise from the 76ers prior to the draft, and the team followed through with that promise. Joe, who also brings a defensive presence, could fill a role for a team that desperately needs shooting.
The final move of the night came with the team drafting Paul Reed, a 6 foot 9 220 pound forward out of DePaul. Reed was mocked in the early second round, and it looks like the 76ers may have found some real value this late in the draft. Guessing Reed will be a two-way player to begin his career, a move we have seen work before in developing talent like Shake Milton.
It wasn’t till after midnight until the media was able to talk to Daryl Morey, who was obviously tired and worn out, but you could tell that he was pleased with how the day went. They didn’t make a big splash, like LaVine, but in the course of one night, Morey and company change the dynamic of the 76ers roster, added guards and shooters to surround Ben, and opened up some “OPTIONALITY” heading into free agency Friday. The Morey, Doc, Brand era of 76ers basketball truly started last night, and from all accounts, it looks like they are started on the right path. The moves last night may not make them an instant title contender, but with stars like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons coming back and hopefully improving portions of their game, surrounded with shooting and speed, this team will at the very minimum be much more fun this season, and if Joel can return to the form we all know Joel can be, the sky is really the limit.