CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY - FEBRUARY 15: President of basketball operations Daryl Morey looks on during a press conference at the Seventy Sixers Practice Facility on February 15, 2022 in Camden, New Jersey. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images) NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.
By Bob Cooney

It’s hard to get excited about Christmas in June. Or by a somewhat minor move made on draft night if you’re an NBA executive

Handcuffed by the fact that he couldn’t talk specifically about the reported trade that will bring the Sixers a capable backup guard in De’Anthony Melton in exchange for the 23rd pick in the draft, Daryl Morey seemed to express all the excitement of a child unwrapping a pair of underwear on December 25.
The addition of Melton, a backup point guard with a smidge of scoring ability and an annoying presence at the defensive end did indeed improve the basketball team. Job well done, Daryl Morey.  And that’s all you can realistically ask for when saddled with a pick at the back end of the first round.

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Morey’s sleepy reaction to it all at an after midnight press conference didn’t aggravate me, nor should it you. To me, it was exciting to see his hidden acknowledgement that improving the team with the addition of Melton is the equivalent of unwrapping stocking stuffers before getting to the big presents under the tree. It’s a buildup, in Morey’s mind. A buildup that very well could culminate in a trade that will please all, or at the least, him.

Does that excite you? Maybe not. But believe this. There is a whole lot more to come from the Sixers and their president of basketball ops. Morey’s nonchalant attitude, and I don’t mean that in a bad way, told me as much early this morning.