Philadelphia 76ers GM Elton Brand signed a new multiyear contract with the franchise, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Sunday afternoon. The Sixers also made the five-year deal for President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey official. Morey and Brand will be joined by Doc Rivers in a new regime for Philly.
The first order of business for this trio in terms of roster construction is figuring out how to get some cap flexibility. Morey and Brand will likely need to decide whether it’s possible to trade PF/C Al Horford or SF Tobias Harris in order to clear up cap space to add a guard. The Sixers have had major PG issues for what feels like forever. Ben Simmons technically runs the point but he can be better utilized in a more traditional SF/PF role.
Horford is signed for the next three seasons, while Harris is on board for four seasons at the max. Most of the Sixers’ cap is eaten up by those two, Simmons and Joel Embiid. It’s become very clear that a core of those four players surrounded by little else isn’t going to get you to the NBA Finals or even close. So Morey and Brand will need to get creative in order to off-load one of those contracts. It’ll likely mean surrendering first-round picks to entice a team into taking one of the bloated contracts. It may not be easy, but we’ve seen Morey work his magic before with the Rockets.