By Tom Brennan
ESPN is reporting that the Sixers are finalizing a deal with former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to become president of basketball operations, and an announcement is expected this week.
General manager Elton Brand is expected to remain in his current position, and new coach Doc Rivers is a proponent of the hiring, sources said. Rivers and Morey have a long history and strong relationship.
Morey has long been a target of 76ers ownership, turning down a chance to run the Sixers two years ago before signing an extension with the Rockets.
Within hours of Daryl Morey parting ways with Rockets, Sixers ownership, led by Josh Harris, was in pursuit — culminating in a NYC dinner on Oct. 18 — and worked to upgrade its front office. https://t.co/2KLwCMBNjn
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 28, 2020
In the aftermath of Houston’s elimination from the league’s Orlando restart, Morey approached owner Tilman Fertitta with the idea of leaving the job and the sides quietly worked through an exit agreement to conclude his 13 seasons running the franchise’s basketball operations.
Discussions with the Sixers started soon after, sources said, and escalated this week with Morey traveling to Philadelphia to meet with ownership, sources said.