Brand is the next Sixers GM
Well, one of the strangest general manager searches in sports history has officially come to an end. The Sixers have hired former player and more recently Delaware Blue Coats GM Elton Brand to take over as President of Basketball Operations. The decision to hire Brand comes after months of numerous reports that the Sixers were looking for a candidate with both experience, and a willingness to work with the staff already in place in the front office.
Philadelphia has hired Elton Brand as general manager, league sources tell ESPN. Brand will be elevated from VP of Basketball Operations. He made strong impression on ownership and Brett Brown in process, beating out several inside and outside candidates.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 18, 2018
Why hire Brand?
For a job that was touted by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski as “one of the best jobs in basketball”, it seems strange that the 76ers couldn’t find anyone with more than one year of G-League general manager experience. Regardless, the team seems to really believe in Brand, and they’ve proven it time and time again.
It was only two years and eleven days ago that the Sixers signed Brand to be a player for the team. Since then he’s received multiple promotions through the ranks of the organization, culminating in this most recent one.
Because of Brand’s complete lack of experience, we don’t have much to go off as to what his team building philosophy will be. However, this team has acknowledged numerous times that they are but one star away from contention. Bringing in a well-respected former player could certainly help entice free agents next summer.
How should we feel about this choice?
It was always ridiculous that ownership was looking for candidates with a combination of experience and willingness to keep the front office intact. Setting these parameters immediately cuts your search to a very few select individuals. However, given those circumstances, Brand might just be about as interesting a guy for the job as they could find.
The second the news broke, I was shocked and confused. Now, while still shocked and confused, I see the upside. Brand has a basketball IQ through the roof from his playing days. He can offer a more modern voice to what remains of the Colangelo front office
Still, hiring someone with this little experience in this crucial time for the franchise is a head-scratcher. Given the opportunities this job currently presents, you’d think the Sixers could have found a proven candidate to finish the job and bring the team over the edge.
Ultimately, it’s hard to form an opinion on the decision to hire Brand because we don’t know his philosophy. Regardless, he’ll be an interesting guy in the room when the Sixers try to lure their final star to Philly.
Brett Brown and the rest of the 76ers ownership seem to really believe in Brand. Until we hear from the former player himself, there’s not much else we can do. I hope and trust that the organization did their due diligence, and ultimately decided on what’s best for the future of the Philadelphia 76ers.
One of my major takeaways from today's luncheon with Brett Brown was he wouldn't deny whether he might have final say in partnership with the new GM. He did say the org chart would be explained when the GM is announced. Will be interesting how they describe partnership on Thurs.
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) September 18, 2018
Hopefully Brand and Brown can give us more insight at the press conference on Thursday morning. Until then, it’s best to hold back harsh judgment and see what the team has to say.
Congrats EB.. Trust It https://t.co/OBhwkENXsC
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) September 18, 2018
It’s worth noting that if Joel Embiid is on board, who are we not to be.
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