Following the Harden talks, Morey and the Sixers reportedly shifted their focus towards Toronto Raptors star Kyle Lowry.
“Opinions differ on Philadelphia’s decision not to pursue Lowry harder, but there is a consensus around the league that Morey resisted because he’s angling for an even greater star. He’s thinking about stars like Damian Lillard or Bradley Beal becoming available. CJ McCollum or Zach LaVine could also appeal to Philadelphia if they are put on the table.”
Following a disappointing Game 7 loss in the second round of the playoffs, Sixers point guard Ben Simmons has more question marks surrounding his value at the point guard position than ever. As the Sixers need to surround the franchise cornerstone, Joel Embiid, with a natural star at the position, the Sixers might need to make significant changes this year. Neither guard would come cheap, and Ben Simmons alone doesn’t move the needle – but if the Sixers are serious about moving on from their three-time All-Star and acquiring a natural star at the point guard position, Morey will surely put some calls in for Lillard and Beal.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated.