Maybe you’re like me and laughed, but here’s why the Sixers hiring Daryl Morey is a bad thing for the Celtics.
At first, I laughed when seeing “76ers giving Daryl Morey 5-year deal.” The Sixers are giving the keys to the guy who has brought the Rockets so much success. The Rockets have given up a 3-1 lead in the playoffs under Morey and after the Chris Paul departure, the China comments, and several stagnant seasons later, the Houston Rockets owners are done with Morey.
For those of you who don’t know, Daryl Morey brought attention to both himself and the Houston Rockets when he spoke out against China’s leadership. I mean, orchestrating deals for both Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook to try and pair with his star James Harden (who he also traded for) is pretty impressive. Should the Daryl Morey hire scare us at all?
Big Changes ahead
After getting swept away by Boston in the first round of the playoffs, the Sixers are in a spot where they need to reassess their direction as a team. They need to make a move for a player who will fit with both Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, or trade one of the two stars. Boston is in the midst of its own roster shakeup, with the suspense of the Hayward dilemma.
At first glance, this is GOOD for the Celtics. If Morey makes a ton of trades for picks and focuses on a short term rebuild, there is one less team to plan for next season. It’s also good for the Celtics because if Embiid goes away, so do our rebounding issues when we play the Sixers. You may think, short term failure is good, but here’s why the Sixers hiring Daryl Morey is a bad thing for the Celtics.
It’s BAD for the Celtics if Daryl Morey uses his magic to swing for the fences in a ‘Ben Simmons for James Harden’ deal, and the Sixers make things interesting with cheat codes in both the paint with Embiid and the perimeter with Harden.
It’s also BAD for the Celtics because we had a good thing going. Beating up on Philadelphia in the playoffs was fun, but now that Daryl Morey is in charge of basketball operations for the Sixers, a guy who will trade anybody is now in charge of the guys we should want to stay. Ben Simmons, Al Horford, Tobias Harris; all could be on the move. Their usual problem of having no bench could change very quickly if Morey decides to flip Harris for two lesser talented players.
Daryl Morey’s impact with the Sixers could be the same as his time with Houston, full of trades and excitement, but ends in disappointment. But it could very well end in a Finals appearance, should the Sixers trade for a player of James Harden’s caliber. Realistically though, what are the chances that Morey is able to trade for James Harden twice in his career? And If the Sixers do acquire him, does it even matter?
These questions will all be answered in the next few weeks so stay tuned for more updates and analysis surrounding the Celtics’ offseason. Follow us on Twitter @CelticsJournal and subscribe to our Youtube Channel.