By Peter Gleason
So, how do you like Sixers GM Elton Brand now?
The lame-ass Philly media had been scorching Brand for not signing Jimmy Butler, who was a pain in the ass, and J. J. Redick, who is 35 and can’t guard a lightpost.
But what are they saying now?
It is time that they put their complete faith in Brand — if they haven’t already. The former Sixers star has proven he knows what he’s doing, and the moves he has made this offseason is further testament to the fact that he is indeed one of the best team executives in the league today.
For one, many expected the Sixers would choose to retain the services of Butler — now with the Miami Heat — over Tobias Harris. However, with Butler wanting to go to the Heat, Brand pivoted by re-signing Harris and adding another potent wing weapon in Josh Richardson (16.6 points, 2.2 3-pointers, 3.6 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.1 steals, and 0.5 blocks last season with the Heat). Phlly did lose Redick in free agency, but Richardson is not a bad replacement at all.
More significantly, by successfully convincing five-time All-Star big man Al Horford to sign with them, the Sixers have just formed one of the most dynamic frontcourts in the NBA today. This was certainly an A+ move for Philly, and a Horford-Joel Embiid combination is definitely something that has the rest of the league on notice.