The Man Behind the Curtain: Philadelphia 76ers Extend Daryl Morey

Daryl Morey Extension
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The Philadelphia 76ers have announced an agreement with their president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey. This new extension will keep Morey on the team through the 2027-2028 season. Consequently, this deal is parallel in length to Philadelphia’s newly signed head coach, Nick Nurse. The Sixers this season behind Nurse and Morey currently hold a 16-7 record and sit in fourth place in the Eastern Conference just over a quarter into the regular season.

Daryl Morey Extension: Morey’s History with the Philadelphia 76ers

Since joining the Sixers as the team president in November of 2020, Morey has led the squad to a 170-89 record which translates to a 0.653 winning percentage over three seasons. In each of those three seasons, Philadelphia has reached the Eastern Conference semifinals and no further. Despite not reaching the NBA Finals with some top-end talent on the team, Morey has made plenty of moves to help the Sixers maintain success and relevancy. He was responsible for the drafting of the team’s current All-Star caliber guard Tyrese Maxey. He also orchestrated the trades that shipped away Ben Simmons, received James Harden, and more recently, sent Harden to the Los Angeles Clippers. Morey also worked out a deal with head coach Nick Nurse after firing Doc Rivers.

Daryl Morey Extension: Future Implications for the Sixers and Morey

It has become relevant that Daryl Morey is not scared to make a big splash in a trade for a superstar. The 76ers have been linked as a team that could be interested in Chicago Bulls Zach Lavine. However, it is unlikely that the team will pursue any major trades after so soon receiving a haul for Harden from the Clippers. There have also been rumors of the team wanting to dump Tobias Harris‘ contract, and this trade presents that potential.

The Sixers have seen a benefit from depth on their current roster, and a trade for Lavine would likely take a lot of capital. So, the Sixers will likely ride out this new-look squad following the Harden trade and see where the team lies closer to the trade deadline in February. However, if things are not going how Philadelphia wants, a Lavine trade could become more realistic in the future.

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