With an entire offseason’s worth of activity being crammed into one month, there may not be a more opportune time to answer questions than right now. So, without further ado, you asked and I answered!

Yo Pierre, always good to talk with you, buddy. The transaction window is supposed to open in the days leading up to the draft. I suspect we will see a high volume of activity, seeing as the flood gates are going to open for everyone at the same time. In a normal year, teams are allowed to begin making transactions as their respective seasons–whether just regular season or postseason as well–come to an end. Everyone is going to have to cram a whole offseason of work into the exact same timeframe. That should make for lots of sleepless nights in the near future for NBA front offices and coaches.

Hey Dylan, great question! I’m 50/50 on it, and it’s not because I don’t think they’ll have a trade (I truthfully don’t know, although I suspect they’ll be active). Often times, we’re prisoners of the moment and view things under a microscope. But, front offices get paid to think farther. The direction I’m going here is that a trade partner might look at next year’s draft class. The 2021 draft class is supposed to be much more robust and captivating. Front offices might say, “we’ll do this deal, but we want your 2021 first rounder, not the 2020 first rounder.” If a future first gets a team to take a deal, you might see that instead of this year’s first rounder getting moved.

I don’t even know how to go about answering this. 

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Matisse Thybulle was the darling child of Sixers Twitter before he used his platform for a greater good. He has certainly catapulted himself to a new height in that department. I’m still very fascinated as to why the fanbase (at least that sect of Twitter) seems to view Thybulle as the second or third most untouchable on the roster. 

The joking answer: It’s time to build exclusively around Thybulle, just as everyone has always said the Sixers should do. His fearless, outspoken nature during this time only solidified that truth.

The real answer: I commend Thybulle for standing for what he believed in. His character was on full display going out in public and being amongst thousands of non-celebrity citizens during a pandemic to support the cause and use his influence for a greater good. But, any well-run organization will weigh all options, and the Sixers are (finally) a well-run organization.

Matisse saying peace

 

When I was in kindergarten, the teacher told us to come to school dressed up like who we wanted to be when we grew up. I came in the next day, lunchbox in hand, dressed up like Jordan Nwora (who, mind you, was probably four years old at that point). In all seriousness, I hope Nwora (who has a clean bill of health, as determined by the Shot Doctor (TM)) crushes it in the NBA. The answer to your question is Jordan Nwora. 

Hey Zachary, interesting topic, for sure. I’ll begin my answer by reflecting on last offseason. I do not believe Jimmy Butler’s clash with Brett Brown was why Butler wasn’t made to feel completely welcome back. He is a smart man, and he knew he would’ve outlived Brett Brown in Philly and had a say in who they appointed next head coach. The front office and ownership want to win a championship and maintain profits, and he helped them in both of those departments (or at least helped them get as close to a championship as they’ve been since 2001). Joel Embiid loves Butler, so it wasn’t him. So, who else might’ve had a problem with Butler? My hunch is the guy who had to play off-ball more with Butler around. I don’t think it helped the situation that Butler wouldn’t put up with Ben Simmons not being held accountable, either.

By all accounts, Chris Paul is a strong personality, as well. He’s also a point guard, so he’s inherently ball-dominant. Paul, as a lead guard, shot-creator, and a closer, is a tremendous fit with the Sixers. Sure, the relationship with Daryl Morey is real, too. But, I don’t know that that marriage wouldn’t have the same turbulence that the Butler marriage had. The difference is, winning makes everything taste better. And the Sixers did a lot of winning with Jimmy Butler. With Paul’s injury history and age, his game-to-game availability might be a wildcard. If the Sixers aren’t winning, that dynamic between personalities might become strained or untenable.

If you can strike a deal for Chris Paul, you’re probably going to say ‘yes’ at least nine times out of ten. But, I don’t think it’s necessarily the soulmate relationship that Butler seems to have found in Miami. If it doesn’t work out, the Sixers might be on the hook for over $40 million per year until 2022.  

Hey Chuck, good question. It slightly differs from Dylan’s because you’re introducing a new variable in the post-draft odds of that pick being traded, too. Draft picks always carry more trade value before the draft because the receiving team has the liberty of controlling the pick. As I said a few questions ago, I’m at 50/50 on the chance that the Sixers are actually making the pick. I think it seems reasonable to dock that probability by 5 percent for what could happen after the draft takes place. 45/55 is your answer.

Questions From The DMs

I did have one direct message, courtesy of an old friend.

@SterrTy: Everyone is preaching how great of a hire Daryl Morey is. Analytical mind non withstanding, what makes Morey a great hire for the Sixers?

This is an excellent question, and one that I think fans have overlooked. If the only variable people want to look at is the binary “has he won a championship?”, then they will fall into an unforgiving, short-sighted trap. Morey has shown that he is not afraid to zig when others zag. He’s shown a willingness to be bold and aggressive in trading for stars. Above all else, he is creative in finding ways to build rosters that maximize his star players.

Many media and fans scoffed at the Rockets going all in on small ball when they traded Clint Capela as part of the deal to acquire Robert Covington. Morey didn’t care what people thought; he was concerned with finding the best way to maximize James Harden and Russell Westbrook. James Harden was James Harden, but Russell Westbrook played some of the best basketball of his career after the trade deadline. Houston’s defense also proved legitimate in the bubble, as their wing-filled roster swarmed passing lanes and created turnovers. Who knows what the Rockets could’ve done in the playoffs had Westbrook been healthy. Morey is a great hire for any franchise because he is bold, creative, and aggressive. He’s a great hire for the Sixers because, in conjunction with all of those traits, he brings credibility to a front office that so badly lacked it previously.