This is the 28th edition of the weekly 76ers mailbag.
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Answer: What up, Nicole? In regards to your question, well … um … heck yeah! I really like that idea. I’ve been a huge fan of Chris Paul since his days at West Forsyth High School in North Carolina. He’s a proven winner and a coach on the floor. The well-respected leader would be a huge asset to this team. Paul would be someone whom Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and their teammates would instantly respect. And the second-team All-NBA point guard could take some of the ballhandling duties off Simmons.
The Sixers are expected to finish no higher than seventh in the Eastern Conference next season. With Paul, they could contend for the conference title. Now, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard has a huge price tag with $41.3M and $44.2M in the final two years of his deal.
Don’t be surprised if the Sixers think of packaging Tobias Harris ($34.3 million) or Al Horford ($27.5 million) in a deal for the 10-time All-Star and four-time first-team All-NBA selection. Even at 35, Paul is one of the league’s elite players, and the Sixers' championship window is closing. They need to win now, and change the culture. He’s equipped to help them do both.
A: What’s up, Brian, or should I say, B-Money? I hope you and the family are well. There were several things that were missing with Brown. The coach, who was fired on Aug. 24, didn’t hold players accountable and struggled to make in-game adjustments. One could argue the lack of accountability is an overall Sixers organization problem, not just a Brown one. But when you add that to his poor adjustments, it was obvious that it was time for him to go.
The new coach has to hold the players accountable and be someone the players respect. He has to be creative. The coach has to motivate the team, and he has to run a disciplined team. But he also has to be able to make in-game adjustments and put players in situations in which they’ll succeed.
The days of trying to fit players into a system instead of taking care of their strengths have to end.
A: Thank for asking the questions. Yes, I do think the team is going to make some front-office changes. It’s kind of bizarre to me that they haven’t happened yet. It’s kind of like they’re waiting for everything to die down before deciding to keep people in place or reassign them. Even with that, I would think they make a change from a credibility standpoint. I think it will be hard for the fans to have trust in the organization moving forward if the Sixers keep people in place after they set the franchise back with poor decisions.
But that could be a decision made by a new president. The thought is whoever comes in would want to bring in his own people. In fairness, that could be the president’s decision, assuming they hire one.
The Sixers ownership loves analytics. So at least some could remain but be out of the loop in regard to decision-making. They could just be information gatherers.
A: Great question, Marc. I will have to say that it was Brown. Brown didn’t want to coach Jimmy any longer. There are always two sides of the story. Butler’s camp continues to say that it was his decision to leave, and that there was an offer on the table. We can debate that for months. But I’m here to tell you that Brown wanted no part of coaching Butler again. He went as far as calling certain players to voice his concern and to get them on his side. Some in Ben Simmons' camp also didn’t want Butler back. Neither did a lot of the coaches.
But Brown was definitely the ring leader.
A: What’s up, Anthony? I heard his initial interview went well. I’ve also heard that Bulls general manager Marc Eversley really likes him. Eversley was the Sixers' senior vice president of player personnel before becoming the Bulls' first Black GM.