How Morey joining 76ers could lead to Warriors-Ben Simmons trade


Some significant NBA news broke Wednesday morning, and it could impact the Warriors.

Daryl Morey is finalizing a deal to become the Philadelphia 76ers' president of basketball operations, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Morey, who ran the Houston Rockets' front office for 13 seasons, stepped down from his position in mid-October.

So how does this development impact Golden State? Well, it's quite simple actually. Morey wants his team to shoot a ton of 3-pointers, and 76ers star Ben Simmons doesn't attempt 3s at all.

On the surface, Morey and Simmons do not seem like a good match. So, could the 2017-18 NBA Executive of the Year seek to trade the 24-year-old as early as this offseason?

If Simmons is made available, the Warriors have the No. 2 overall pick in the 2020 draft and the Minnesota Timberwolves' 2021 top-three protected first-rounder to include in a potential package.

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Based on what coach Doc Rivers said earlier this month during his 76ers introductory press conference, it sure felt like there was no way Golden State and Philly would discuss any sort of deal for Simmons or star big man Joel Embiid.

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"When you look at these young players and their potential, the fact that they’ve had so much success in some ways at the ages they are already, and where I believe they can go, it’s a job you just couldn’t turn down," he told reporters. "And that's why I'm here.

“We have two young [stars] here in Philadelphia that have already had success,” Rivers continued. “My job is to add to that and try to take them to a place that they’ve not been."

But it's very fair to believe that Morey taking over in Philly changes the calculus.

With the NBA draft (scheduled for Nov. 18) quickly approaching, the next three weeks should be very, very interesting.

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