Confirming a series of reports that were published both before and after last week’s Ben Simmons/James Harden blockbuster, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey said on Tuesday that the team viewed it as imperative to hang onto Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle in that deal.
“Yeah, they were critical [to keep],” Morey said, per Tim Bontemps of ESPN. “Tyrese absolutely has the chance to be an All-Star in this league. … Thybulle, I think, easily can be Defensive Player of the Year — after Joel (Embiid) wins it first, he told us. … Both of them, I think, the sky’s the limit. And that’s a big reason why we made sure that they weren’t in this trade.”
While the Sixers were never willing to discuss Maxey, the Nets reportedly pushed for Thybulle, ultimately agreeing to accept two future first-round picks in lieu of one of Philadelphia’s promising young players.
Here’s more on the 76ers:
- With Harden’s Philadelphia debut delayed until after the All-Star break, the Sixers will only have about a month-and-a-half before the playoffs to adjust to their new-look lineup, but head coach Doc Rivers doesn’t think it will be too challenging to incorporate Harden. “Listen, putting James Harden into an offense is not that hard. It really isn’t,” Rivers said (ESPN story via Bontemps). “I mean, he’s just a terrific basketball player, so you don’t need to overcomplicate it. You know where he’s been great at, you know which direction he wants to go, and so you put him on those sides of the floor.”
- After pushing to be traded in two consecutive years, Harden has a situation in Philadelphia that’s as good as it gets for him, according to Mike Sielski of The Philadelphia Inquirer. Sielski says that if it doesn’t work out for Harden with the Sixers, he won’t have anywhere else to go, since no other executive in the NBA trusts and believes in the former MVP like Morey does.
- Although Harden won’t play until at least next week, Paul Millsap made his Sixers debut on Tuesday, scoring nine points in nine minutes. Millsap didn’t get into the game until the fourth quarter, when Philadelphia was already trailing Boston by more than 40 points.
- In case you missed it, we passed along some of Harden’s comments from his introductory presser on Tuesday, including that he still plans to pick up his $47.4MM player option for 2022/23.
13 thoughts on “Sixers Notes: Maxey, Thybulle, Harden, Millsap”
Wasn’t too long ago. We were talking about how bad the Celtics were. How quickly it can change. Ask the Sixers …….
Talk about a Beat Down.
If this was boxing ….. they would have stopped it. 135 – 87
I wouldn’t let me children watch the second half they need not be subjected to such violence
However let us not overrate the Celtics. They look good and I like to see them keep a lead versus letting up, even with the second unit in, but a lot can happen in the next couple have months.
Rob Williams is a stud but can he stay healthy? When is Smart back? What if Tater goes on a cold streak as he often does.
I’m happy to celebrate their success but let’s not jump off the ship…
I’m just pointing out how it can change in sports. Don’t think my Knicks got in them though.
The Celtics are rolling. I hope the break doesn’t slow them down.
Celtics were lights out. Sixers need the break to regroup. They need to get someone from the BO market.
Sixers will be fine. Every team has a few throw away games.
Last night Celtics game
3 starters score board
Thybulle 1 point
Danny Green 3 points
Tobias Harris 6 points
The depth is the key to success in this team
And these 3 starters play poor defense
As I said last summer, 76ers GMs did nothing to sign good free agents from other teams
Thybulle plays poor defense?
@GSn Last night Celtics game
Maybe it’s a bad night
it was. stats show beyond a doubt that he’s a plus defender.
They should trade Milton and Korkmaz earlier
They shoot 30% from the three
The takers may include Knicks and Lakers. These two teams were really hungry a few days ago
They should have had a running clock in the 4th quarter like AAU blowouts.
I sense those 76ers fans that were yapping like they are Finals bound will not be around for a few days.
How dare I have said that the 76ers could have trouble with the Bulls, Cavs, Nets or Celtics in a series. How dare I could’ve said that the Heat and Bucks would beat them in a series.
Yeah, those yappers won’t be around for a few days.