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Daryl Morey’s feelings on a Russell Westbrook trade reportedly revealed

Russell Westbrook warming up

Two and a half years ago, Daryl Morey pulled Russell Westbrook out of Oklahoma City with a blockbuster trade. The deal didn’t work out well for Houston, and Westbrook ended up traded to Washington a year and a half later.

Now, Westbrook is with the Los Angeles Lakers, and he doesn’t seem to be fitting in well with the mediocre team. The Lakers have explored trades for Westbrook, but the 76ers are not a likely destination.

The Athletic’s Sam Amick published a story on Wednesday about trade interest in Ben Simmons. In his story, Amick says that Morey, who is in charge of the 76ers, would not trade for Westbrook again. Amick argues that Morey felt “pressured” into making a trade for Westbrook while with Houston and won’t make that mistake again.

Morey reportedly has “zero interest” in a Simmons for Westbrook swap.

The Sixers reportedly met with Simmons, and neither side has changed its stance. That means they continue to be at a stalemate. One side might have to make a change in order for Simmons to be moved by the deadline on Feb. 2.

Photo: Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Daryl Morey sends message about Ben Simmons trade timeline

Daryl Morey in a blazer

Philadelphia 76ers team president Daryl Morey made clear Thursday that he does not see the Ben Simmons saga ending anytime soon.

Morey appeared on 97.5 The Fanatic’s “The Mike Missanelli Show” and advised listeners to “buckle in,” as the 76ers were unwilling to trade Simmons for role players. Morey even alluded to Simmons’ contractual situation by saying it could be a four-year process.

To be clear, this isn’t likely to last four years. Morey is simply laying things out in public. It’s as much a negotiating ploy as anything else. The Sixers do not want to trade Simmons for spare parts. The hope may be that digging in publicly will show teams how serious they are about demanding stronger offers.

It certainly sounds like, in a perfect world, the 76ers would prefer to be done with Simmons themselves. Whether they get an offer they feel is worth pursuing remains to be seen.

Photo: Dec 22, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey looks on before a game between the Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers making another attempt to acquire superstar guard?

Daryl Morey

Philadelphia 76ers GM Daryl Morey may be taking Aaliyah’s advice, dusting himself off, and trying again.

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith indicated this week that Morey could be making another attempt to acquire former MVP James Harden amid the Brooklyn Nets’ drama with Kyrie Irving.

“Now you might lose James Harden because Daryl Morey is lurking in Philadelphia,” said Smith. “Don’t think for one second that Daryl Morey ain’t trying to get his hands on James Harden. I’m telling you what I know.”

Morey and Harden had a successful partnership with the Houston Rockets from 2012 to 2020. The team made several deep playoff runs and developed Harden from a quality sixth man into one of the NBA’s best players. When Morey left to join the Sixers, he tried to acquire Harden from the Rockets. But the pettiness of Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta helped lead to Harden going to Brooklyn instead.

Fortunately, Morey no longer has to deal with Fertitta and can now mount another pursuit of Harden. Morey and Harden do have a close relationship, so much so that Morey was recently fined for a nostalgic post about Harden.

Photo: Dec 22, 2018; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey looks on before a game between the Rockets and the San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Daryl Morey jokes about Bryan Colangelo burner scandal in funny tweet

Daryl Morey

Despite only being with the team for less than a year, Daryl Morey is well familiar with Philadelphia 76ers’ Internet lore.

Keith Pompey of The Philly Inquirer released an article this week deeming the team’s strategy known as “The Process” to be a failure. The efforts began eight years ago when former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie started blatantly tanking in order to accumulate high draft picks. “The Process” did ultimately net them stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons. But Philadelphia still has yet to earn even a conference finals berth since then. Meanwhile, teams like the Phoenix Suns and the Atlanta Hawks have rebuilt much more quickly and have already achieved greater success.

Morey, the Sixers current GM, responded to the article Saturday in hilarious fashion. He posted a tweet that read, “That is a normal procedure. Move on, find a new slant.”

The tweet is obviously a funny reference to the Internet burner scandal involving ex-Sixers executive Bryan Colangelo. In 2018, Colangelo’s wife, Barbara Bottini, used secret Twitter accounts to defend her husband and to criticize various Sixers players. Her tweets sometimes even leaked sensitive information about the team. One infamous tweet defended Colangelo over his tendency to wear large collars. The post read, “That is a normal collar. Move on, find a new slant.”

Colangelo would ultimately resign due to the backlash from the scandal. Meanwhile, Morey is famously close with Hinkie, having mentored Hinkie back when they both worked together on the Houston Rockets. Thus, his tweet also reads as an implicit defense of Hinkie. The Sixers hired Colangelo in 2016 in what was largely seen as an effort to undermine Hinkie. Morey seems to be hinting that Hinkie, who stepped down from his post amid the Colangelo hiring, might have been successful with “The Process” had the Sixers allowed him to fully see it through.

Regardless, Hinkie now has the task of picking up the pieces in Philadelphia this offseason. Other teams have already come knocking to see if they can engage the Sixers in a blockbuster trade.

Report: Daryl Morey looking to bring big star to 76ers this summer

Daryl Morey

The Philadelphia 76ers had perhaps their biggest weakness exposed during the postseason this year when Ben Simmons was a complete non-factor offensively. Some people feel they could have addressed that problem by acquiring a scoring guard at the trade deadline earlier this year, but president of basketball operations Daryl Morey may have bigger plans.

Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer spoke with NBA executives who shared mixed opinions about Morey’s decision to not go all-in with his pursuit of Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry this season. However, there is consensus about why Morey resisted giving up assets for the 35-year-old point guard.

The belief is that Morey is planning to pursue an even bigger star this offseason. O’Connor says Morey wanted to position the 76ers to make a run at players like Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum or Zach LaVine. All have been mentioned as potential trade candidates this offseason, but the question now is whether the Sixers will have enough to offer.

Ideally, the 76ers would make Simmons the centerpiece of any trade involving a star player. Now that Simmons essentially refused to take a shot during the playoffs and provided nothing offensively, his value has taken a significant hit. Joel Embiid even threw him under the bus after Philadelphia’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 on Sunday night.

Morey is one of the best executives in basketball, and we saw him pull off more than one blockbuster trade with the Houston Rockets. We wouldn’t bet against him doing it again, but Simmons’ poor performance in the playoffs has made the situation a bit more complicated.

Daryl Morey, 76ers fined for supposed Steph Curry tampering tweet

Daryl Morey

Daryl Morey and the Philadelphia 76ers were fined $75,000 each for a tweet involving the Curry brothers that the league regarded as tampering.

Steph Curry posted a photo on Instagram last week after his brother Seth had a big game for Philly against Washington. Seth scored a team-high 30 points in Philly’s Game 5 win over the Wizards to clinch the series. Steph was recognizing his brother’s big game.

Morey shared a screenshot of Steph’s tweet and wrote “join ’em.”

When others speculated that Morey’s tweet could have been construed as tampering, the 76ers president insisted he was only talking about being happy Philly has Seth on the team.

Morey acquired Seth in a trade with Dallas upon becoming the team’s president.

The league wasn’t buying Morey’s explanation and issued $75,000 fines both to him and the team.

What do you think, was Morey telling Steph to join Seth in Philly? Steph will be a free agent after next season, so there is your argument.

Daryl Morey wants to bring Sam Hinkie to 76ers playoff game

Daryl Morey

The Philadelphia 76ers have grown into a perennial playoff team and championship hopeful. Many would say that at least some of that is down to the work of former general manager Sam Hinkie.

Hinkie’s controversial tenure saw him essentially tear down the Sixers and trade most veteran players, leading to accusations of blatant tanking but also spawning the popular “trust the process” mantra. Hinkie’s strategy ultimately did bear fruit, with the team landing Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid as a result of the draft picks that came out of that era. Hinkie left the organization in 2016, but his fingerprints remain all over the roster, and he is still popular with many fans.

The 76ers hired Daryl Morey, Hinkie’s mentor, as team president in 2020. He has overseen a season that has the Sixers positioned to enter the postseason as the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The success, coupled with the fact that Wells Fargo Center will be allowed to fill to 50 percent capacity for playoff games, has led to a movement to get Hinkie to a playoff game to participate in the team’s pregame bell-ringing ritual.

That movement now has an endorsement from Morey himself.

Hinkie has made clear that he has no plans to ever work in the NBA again. However, maybe he’d be more open to a one-off appearance at a playoff game. There’s no doubt the fans would go nuts.

Daryl Morey appears to fire back at LeBron James over play-in criticism

Daryl Morey

Now that LeBron James’ team is nearing the play-in zone, he is suddenly not a fan of the league having the tournament. Daryl Morey is one basketball figure who sees the irony there.

James’ Los Angeles Lakers had an embarrassing loss to the shorthanded Toronto Raptors at home on Sunday. The defeat put the defending champs just a tiebreaker over the Portland Trail Blazers away from falling to the No. 7 seed. After the game, the four-time MVP went scorched-earth on the NBA over the play-in.

“Whoever came up with that s— needs to be fired,” James said bluntly, per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

Not long after James made his comments, the Philadelphia 76ers GM Morey appeared to respond to the criticism on Twitter.

“I can’t believe the NBA hastily implemented a change that makes games more interesting and meaningful,” wrote Morey. He also included a GIF of The Dude from “The Big Lebowski” for emphasis.

At 43-21, Morey’s Sixers are well above play-in territory. But the tournament has been a divisive topic among other star players besides just James.

Morey and James do also have history with one another. The latter once openly lambasted the former for speaking out in support of Hong Kong. This may be Morey’s way of settling the score a bit.

Tilman Fertitta traded his stars to rivals of Sixers to spite Daryl Morey?

Tilman Fertitta

James Dolan may have new competition for the pettiest owner in the NBA.

Bleacher Report’s Jason Dumas tweeted this week that the icy relationship between Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta and Philadelphia 76ers GM Daryl Morey encouraged Fertitta to send his star players to rivals of the Sixers. Dumas mentions James Harden, who was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, and PJ Tucker, who was dealt to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Something similar also happened with Victor Oladipo, whom the Rockets acquired as part of the Harden deal. Houston traded Oladipo to the Miami Heat, last season’s Eastern Conference champion, for pennies on the dollar.

Morey was GM of the Rockets for 13 years. But he had a falling out with Fertitta that helped lead to his departure from the team last summer.

We know Fertitta does not want to do business with Morey and the Sixers. But intentionally trying to sabotage them by helping out their rivals is on a different level of spitefulness entirely.

Photo: Diego Pimentel/Flickr via CC0

Daryl Morey hits back at Ben Simmons critics

Ben Simmons

Ben Simmons is putting together perhaps the best all-around season of his career, and Philadelphia 76ers GM Daryl Morey thinks it is about time for the criticism to stop.

Morey hit back at Simmons’ critics this week, especially those who focus too heavily on the 24-year-old’s lack of shooting ability.

“The reality is if Ben was on a different team, where everyone on the floor was a shooter in space, that would be optimal for Ben. But it wouldn’t be optimal for … his chances to win a title,” said Morey, per NBC Sports Philly. “But that’s why people see these glimpses from Ben, it’s when everything around him is optimized.

“He’s an extremely talented player on both ends,” Morey added. “That’s just a treasure to have. The focus on the things he can’t do is pretty maddening, personally, to me. When I had Yao Ming in Houston, there wasn’t like a million people saying, ‘He should be able to do this and this.’ They just sort of appreciated Yao Ming for what he was.”

Simmons just dropped a career-high 42 points against the NBA-best Utah Jazz this week, so he definitely still knows how to get buckets. He is also averaging 8.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game this season while solidifying himself as one of the top defenders in the league.

Granted, Simmons’ recent boast about himself did end up backfiring a bit. But Morey is a very analytics-driven mind who always emphasizes the importance of the three-point shot. Thus, his ringing endorsement of Simmons here regardless certainly carries some extra weight.