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On Wednesday, the Philadelphia 76ers made a number of moves with respect to the management and the coaching staff.
After stepping down as the Rockets’ president of basketball operations, Daryl Morey is joining the 76ers organization. Elton Brand is staying at general manager, but Morey figures to call most of the shots when it comes to personnel.
Doc Rivers of also getting aggressive in assembling his staff. The Sixers have already hired former Memphis Grizzlies Head coach Dave Joerger as an assistant, and now former Indiana Pacers assistant Dan Burke will be joining the fray too. Sam Cassell, who was on Rivers’ staff in Los Angeles, will also be joining.
Cassell had been one of the perceived candidates for the Rockets job, but Houston’s search appears to be narrowed down to Stephen Silas and Jeff Van Gundy. As such, he will reunite with Rivers in Philadelphia.
For his part, Burke figures to help solidify a Sixers defence that ranked sixth in defensive rating in the last season. Joel Embiid appeared very pleased with Burke’s hiring.
It remains to be seen what all of this means in the context of how Morey will look to shape the roster. But still, the Sixers are rapidly bringing things into place.
Philadelphia will enter the 2020-21 season worth plenty of expectations after such seismic changes in leadership. There are quite a few questions entering the offseason such as how Morey might handle Al Horford’s contract or whether the Sixers remain intent on retaining both Ben Simmons as well as Embiid.
Regardless, there appears to be more clarity at the top, and the Rivers’ staff figures to have plenty of input on personnel decisions.