Hong Kong-tweeting former Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey takes Philadelphia 76ers role
- The Sixers say the 48-year-old is seen as the perfect choice to help turn the team from postseason also-rans to championship contenders
In a statement, the Sixers said the 48-year-old was seen as the perfect choice to help turn the team from postseason also-rans to championship contenders.
During Morey’s 2007-2020 reign in the Houston front office, the team compiled a 640-400 record and never had a losing season. The Rockets reached the play-offs on 10 occasions during that time.
“Daryl Morey is one of the very best front-office executives in the NBA and I’m thrilled to welcome him to Philadelphia as the 76ers President of Basketball Operations,” Sixers managing partner Josh Harris said.
“Talent like Daryl rarely becomes available so we moved quickly and aggressively to bring him here.
“He has an extraordinary track record of success in this league as an innovator, visionary and leader, and I believe he significantly improves our chances of delivering a championship-calibre team to our fans.”
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta both backed Morey, the 2018 NBA Executive of the Year, despite Chinese calls for his dismissal and what Silver estimated were financial losses to the NBA of about US$400 million.