Report: 76ers tried to hire Daryl Morey away from Rockets

Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

As the Philadelphia 76ers continue to look for a replacement for their disgraced former general manager Bryan Colangelo, it would seem the team wasn’t trying to be modest and was going after the NBA’s executive elite.

According the The New York Times‘ Marc Stein, Philly attempted to hire away reigning NBA Executive of the Year Daryl Morey from the Houston Rockets, but was denied.

Morey has been at the helm of the Rockets for the last 12 years, a span that has seen Houston miss the playoffs just three times since he’s taken over.

A famed proponent of basketball analytics, the 45-year-old is credited for having created the “true-shooting percentage” statistic and is one of the co-founders of the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

The 76ers have been in need of a new general manager since Colangelo resigned from his position on June 7 in the wake of a Twitter burner account scandal that revealed his wife, Barbara Bottini, created three of the five alleged accounts that appeared to be connected to Colangelo and involved the leaking of potentially sensitive information about the Sixers organization.

Philadelphia currently remains without a GM.

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