Says Howard Beck on SI.com:
Really, it’s hard to argue with any choices Morey has made in the last five months.
He left the Rockets in October, after 13 years as general manager, avoiding the franchise meltdown that commenced shortly thereafter, with Russell Westbrook and James Harden demanding trades.
He joined the Sixers two weeks later, inheriting a talent-rich roster featuring young All-Stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. The roster did need some tweaks, and the ones Morey made—trading starters Al Horford and Josh Richardson for shooters Danny Green and Seth Curry—have worked out brilliantly, giving the Sixers’ stars more room to operate.
It all has Morey, 48, energized and practically giddy, which is saying something for a famously analytics-minded exec who frets over every detail and every percentage point of variability.
“Obviously, the business can be miserable at times,” Morey says, “so it’s also important to celebrate when things are going well. That said, I mean, obviously the eye is on the prize—and championship is the goal.”