Well, well, well.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski detonated one of his patented Woj Bombs midday on Thursday, in regards to one of the NBA’s premier front office executives:
ESPN Sources: Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is stepping down. https://t.co/NTmplVtWcl— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) October 15, 2020
Within the article, Woj indicates that Daryl Morey is undecided as to whether or not he’d like to remain working in the NBA right away, citing the opportunity to spend more time with his family as a potential lure toward taking some time off.
From a Sixers perspective, of course, this is potentially seismic news, as someone with both the name recognition and cache Morey possesses seemed unlikely to hit the market. On October 7, Yaron Weitzman reported that the team had begun interview executives to join the franchise beneath current General Manager Elton Brand:
A Sixers front office update. The team has begun interviewing candidates to serve in an executive role under GM Elton Brand, according to league sources.— Yaron Weitzman (@YaronWeitzman) October 7, 2020
The Sixers have reportedly flirted with the idea of bringing in Morey in the past. In September, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey reported that the team will “attempt to inquire” about Morey’s availability and potential interest in the President of Basketball Operations job in Philly.
In terms of the feasibility of Morey coming to Philly, it’s rather simple. Josh Harris and company can either offer Morey a rich contract replete with full control over both personnel decisions and the members who will comprise the new front office, or they can save their time. There is no reason for him to join an organization in the midst of such upheaval if he wouldn’t even be empowered to hire his own staff.
So now we’ll wait and see. Will Harris and company drive hard after Morey in an effort to save the organization’s standing and reputation in the league? Or will they continue to travel the path of least resistance?
Time will tell.