The surprising best trade Sixers president Daryl Morey could make
News came down the wire on Wednesday afternoon indicating that the Philadelphia 76ers were bringing in former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to serve as president of basketball operations. Within minutes of this news making rounds in the media, speculation began to mount with regards to what sort of moves he’ll be looking to make.
Some fans thought a trade could be on the horizon—one involving Ben Simmons or Joel Embiid. However, most accounts have been quick to note that the team is not looking to separate its two stars. Instead, Chris Sheridan of basketballnews.com believes the Sixers might look for a playmaking ball handler.
Sheridan listed several interesting targets in his recent piece, including Jeff Teague, Jordan Clarkson and Brandon Knight. Whether any of these players will actually land in Philly or not remains to be seen.
Roster-wise, the best guess here is that if both Simmons and Embiid stick around, with Simmons playing off the ball more (as he did at the tail end of last season), Morey will find a better playmaker from the point guard position than Simmons or Milton were. Those types of players are tough to find through free agency for a team with no cap space, but the Sixers could kick the tires on someone like Jeff Teague, Jordan Clarkson or Brandon Knight. A trusted source said the best trade any Sixers GM could make would be to bring in Austin Rivers, because it will turn Rivers into a more hands-on coach who is in the gym more than he is on the golf course.
Sheridan also had some interesting remarks about Elton Brand, who has served as Philadelphia’s general manager since September 2018:
Given his trade track record, Morey will look at everything and try several things. As for Brand, it remains to be seen what the future holds for him. While he’s as nice of a guy as you will find in the NBA, he has lost his position of power. He may end up being the first Sixer to find a new landing zone. But he certainly will not be the last.
At this point, it’s not clear if Morey has any sort of deals in mind. He’s not been one to sit idly by in the past, as he consummated 77 trades in his 13 seasons as GM of the Rockets. Basically, he likes to deal. Let’s see if that mantra holds true in Philly.