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The Philadelphia 76ers Reportedly Tried To Make A Huge GM Hire

A general view of the Philadelphia 76ers court.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - MAY 7: A general view of the Wells Fargo Center prior to Game Four of the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoff between the Boston Celtics and Philadelphia 76ers on May 7, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

The Philadelphia 76ers couldn't make a huge splash in free agency this season, as LeBron James went to the Lakers. They still could trade for Kawhi Leonard, but the odds of them doing so seem to change daily.

However, the 76ers did try to make another big acquisition, according to a new report. The franchise apparently tried to poach Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey for its GM vacancy.

The New York Times' Marc Stein has the details.

If Philly had been able to swing this, what a coup it would have been. Morey is regarded as one of the best executives in the entire league.

In his 12 seasons in Houston, Morey has used his background in statistics and analytics to turn the Rockets into one of the best teams in the NBA. Houston earned the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this past season and took the Golden State Warriors to the brink in the conference finals.

Morey also has an MBA from MIT and is the founder of the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference.

Philly has been looking for a new GM in the wake of the Bryan Colangelo burner account saga. They will have to keep searching.