While team sources would not completely rule out the possibility of a hire above Brand, they emphasized the franchise was primarily concerned with building out a staff under Brand, who seems to have emerged with the best reputation on the other side of two disjointed years of roster moves.
During his season-ending press conference in late August, Brand gave the only public clue we’ve received about what he thinks is missing in the front office, emphasizing the need for more “Basketball minds” on several occasions.
“As I’ve been taking a deep dive in where we failed, what went wrong, and how we can get better, I felt like we need to strengthen our organization from top to bottom, and that starts with the front office,” Brand said. “Balancing our strengths in analytics and basketball strategy with more basketball minds, and whatever happens. My goal, with whatever happens going forward, is making sure we are in position to truly contend.”
Two Eastern Conference executives who spoke to PhillyVoice on the condition of anonymity viewed this as an attempt to pin the responsibility for Philadelphia’s missteps on Rucker specifically, as Brand attempts to move forward as the leader of the organization.