If anyone had lingering questions regarding Elton Brand’s future with the Philadelphia 76ers franchise, given Daryl Morey’s arrival as president of basketball operations, we now have the following report from The Athletic’s Shams Charania:
76ers GM Elton Brand has signed a multiyear contract extension, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 1, 2020
Daryl Morey’s five-year deal to be new 76ers President of Basketball Ops. is now official and he will be introduced on Monday afternoon.
Brand was first made general manager in September 2018 and his current contract was set to expire after the 2020-21 season. With Morey now officially in place for the next five years, Brand has received reassurances from ownership that he’ll be working under Daryl as general manager for at least the next few years. I’m sure the added job and financial security makes the shift from head man to second-in-command easier to swallow.
Sixers fans likely can and will debate what Elton has actually done during his time in the front office to warrant a contract extension, but I’m sure most people feel much more comfortable with this news coming after Morey’s hiring. Brand has admitted to making mistakes while growing into the role, and will now have more time to develop as an executive without the full burden of organizational responsibility upon his shoulders.
Congrats to Elton on securing the bag. Meanwhile, Sixers fans eagerly await what the franchise’s new dynamic duo shown below has in store for the future: