MOREY! Complete Free Agency Preview And Draft Review
The Opening Tip
Hello and Happy Thursday, it's the Corner Three!
Morey Season is in full effect and boy did he come out swinging. Only up from here!
Let's get going!
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Oh Yeah,The Sixers
Out - Al Horford, 34th pick, 2025 First Round Pick protected 1-6, and Vasilije Micic
In - Danny Green, Terrance Ferguson
Out - Josh Richardson, 36th pick
In - Seth Curry
Daryl Morey took one look at the current Sixers roster and in a span of 5 hours, repealed and reformed, like he was a D.C. politician.
In moving away from Horford, the Sixers (finally) admit that this was a failed experiment and get healthier financially, coming off the 3 years and $87 million or so remaining on his contract and open the way for Doc Rivers to recruit a more suitable backup center when free agency opens Friday night. Horford was for all intensive purposes a great locker room guy and veteran presence but just a terrible fit next to Joel Embiid and honestly showing signs of decay. The Sixers get a proven winner in 3-time NBA Champion Danny Green and a guy who while past his prime at 33, is still a good team defender and can certainly pull up from 3 in transition or with a hand in his face and doesn't make chocolate milk commercials.
I like Josh Richardson, I just thought he was in a system that failed him and asked to do alot that he just right now isn't capable of. You think Seth Curry and you immediately and rightfully think sharpshooter, but he also has a serviceable dribble and doesn't mind getting to the hole if the situation calls.
Terrance Ferguson (in my opinion) probably won't even pack his bags to come here because he'll be part of a larger deal so I'll save us the trouble!
I didn't expect it at all. I really didn't. I thought Boston would steal him, I thought Miami would send us a big fuck you and snag him one pick before (Ask Mike Levin, he has the texts) so I'm ecstatic. I really am. He was my guy to begin with and I just thought if they wanted him they'd after leap frog so many other teams to get him. The toughness, the defense, the dribble, the hair, the smile, the tears. He'll contribute right away, he's a shifty ballhandler, has no problem attacking the rim and in his own words, has spent the past few months in the gym everyday at 6am shooting because in the NBA, you need to be able to shoot. A man after my heart. He's also a very very nice kid who people rave about off the court and will instantly be a fan favorite because of his blue collar (what up Heck) work ethic.
Sixers closed a very strong night with Isaiah Joe and Paul Reed. Joe is a high volume 3 and D (Sorry for using 3 and D, Mike O'Connor) guy from Arkansas who hasn't seen a three point shot he didn't like and who will play the passing lines and hawk the perimeter on defense. Ending the haul was Paul Reed, an extremely disruptive and high-motored PF/C from Depaul who will join forces with Norvel Pelle to challenge for the WWE tag-team titles.
Free Agency/Trade Talk
If the draft night theme wasn't obvious enough, Morey is doing his absolute due diligence to try and put the best possible team around his two young stars and give Doc Rivers the opportunity to install the system and pace of play that maximizes those talents. Free agency officially kicks off Friday night at 6pm. I'd expect the front office to be busy in the backup center market (Hello Nerlens), and possibly kick the tires on trying to bring in another point guard by way of trade. If draft night was any indication, for once in what feels like a decade, the Sixers have a plan and we should all be very excited about what's to come.
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The Rest From The Best
The lid is off on this shortened and whirlwind offseason and Morey is taking no prisoners. Mike O'Connor expertly breaks down a fucking awesome draft night for the Sixers and what the new faces hope to bring. Brought to you by our official pet food, By Nature Slow Cooked with Superfusion Pet Food (use code RTRS20 at Chewy).
Trades are cool, but let's remember why the Sixers had to do any of this in the first place and hope this is just part of the larger Morey plan. Andrew Unterberger has some commentary on a fast-paced draft day and why maybe we should take the wait and see approach for a bit. Brought to you by Kinetic Skateboarding.
Draft is over, but Morey Season is still Morey Season. Sixers Adam has all you need to know about NBA Free Agency and what the front office might look to do once things are off and running this weekend. Brought to you by Adam Ksebe, the Process Realtor.
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