Whether it’s because of the pressure from home ownership or a love to rack up a massive cell phone bill, Elton Brand has simply made too many transactions. If the Sixers kept JJ Redick, Robert Covington and Dario Saric two years ago, Morey may never have entered the scene. The same could be said of Jimmy Butler. Obviously, all of these decisions are a thing of the past. But there is always a formula for success. Philly may never be able to acquire a wing star like Butler again, but a bunch of Embiid, Simmons, a random sniper, and a few capable defenders with passable range (a facsimile of the 2018 team) has proven itself. . What if Philly tries to get back to that before trading (or somehow trying to trade for) a superstar?Of course, that’s easier said than done. Moving the Horford contract could be tricky. But if Philly is willing to take big bucks or get a draft pick, breaking the frontcourt block for a few role players could be a good start. Josh Richardson could still be valuable on this team, or he could be valuable in a trade for someone more comfortable defending smaller guards consistently. The point here is that Morey’s arrival doesn’t require a massive overhaul. For years, the Sixers moved away from a model that complemented their stars. Morey just has to find the right supplements again.
Morey is very smart and probably doesn’t need me to tell him all of this. But it’s worth mentioning that his tenure in Houston was filled with revisions. He hiked several co-stars for Harden (Dwight Howard, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook.) Coaches came and went. The team grew smaller and smaller as the number of isolates increased. Morey was always daring with the Rockets – and I loved it about him! – but a softer touch could pay bigger dividends in Philadelphia.
The Sixers have already made some big swings since coming out of the bubble. They brought in one of the league’s most respected coaches and one of the most forward-thinking general managers of all time to lead their front office. This franchise is going to have a different feel next season, no matter what. While it may be tempting to really throw a wrench in the entire operation after making moves at the top, Philly has already thrown too much at Simmons and Embiid in the past couple of years. Changes need to be made. But instead of trying to hit another home run, finding a path to the kind of team that made the Sixers such a promising player in the first place would be a good start.