By Harvey Hoffman
Sixers big boss Daryl Morey is rebuilding a roster that was thinned by Ben Simmons’ 54-game boycott and the subsequent trade of Seth Curry and Andre Drummond for James Harden.
A bench that includes Georges Niang and Furkan Korkmaz couldn’t cut it in the playoffs.
Morey got a good start by trading for De’Anthony Melton.
And he is going to attract free agents starting this week with a secret sweapon:
Coach Doc Rivers, who has great relationships with players around the league
“I think one good thing about coach Rivers is people wanna play for him because he’s very upfront with what role they’ll have, and I think that’s helped us recruit,” Morey said Thursday after the draft. “We’re, hopefully, after free agency, we’re going to be a fairly deep team.”
“So maybe we will have a challenge promising roles,” Morey added. “I do think what balances that is city, winning team, coach Rivers. I can’t tell you how much when I’m out there, people are like ‘I wanna play for Doc’. That’s been very helpful for me.”