Report: Sixers’ Daryl Morey checked in on LeBron James, other stars

The Philadelphia 76ers had a busy trade deadline as they made moves to help them both right now and in the future.

They acquired Buddy Hield and Cam Payne which have been helpful right now, but they also created open roster spots and more financial flexibility that will help President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey make the next move for the future.

However, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Morey was also checking in on the bigger names around the league at the deadline such as Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and other names:

After seeing James’ cryptic social media post of an hourglass a week before the trade deadline, Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey called Pelinka to probe on a James trade and was immediately told that James wasn’t available. In fact, Pelinka responded by asking Morey if Joel Embiid was available, sources said. And that ended that brief conversation. These sorts of bold trade calls are historically a common practice for Morey, who also called the Phoenix Suns and asked about a trade for Durant prior to the deadline, sources said. When told no, Morey then asked about the availability of Devin Booker and Bradley Beal, too. Unsurprisingly, those were rebuffed as well, sources said.

The fact that Morey was checking in on big stars suggests that he has a bigger plan going forward. It will certainly be interesting what happens when the offseason hits. The Sixers appear to be very active in continuing to add to the roster around Joel Embiid. Acquiring somebody like James would have been a move that rocked the NBA.

Story originally appeared on Sixers Wire