RUMOR: Sixers’ Ben Simmons trade date, plan revealed
According to NBA insider Marc Stein (via Bryan Toporek of Bleacher Report), league sources believe there is no imminent trade for Simmons. It is also expected that Morey will wait until December 15–during which more players will be eligible and available to be traded–before exploring any potential deal for the Aussie playmaker.
“League sources concur that no Simmons trade is imminent and that Morey is likely to wait until after Dec. 15 when more players are eligible to be dealt leaguewide before he pursues a deal with greater intent." https://t.co/Jc3YspVdiC
— Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) October 23, 2021
It is not surprising that Daryl Morey and the Sixers are patiently waiting for the right deal to come, and they are not afraid of sitting Ben Simmons for as long as he can until they trade him. As Morey said himself, they are even willing to go as far as letting Simmons’ contract expire until they get the price they wanted for him.
“You’re going to think I’m kidding, I’m not. This could (go on for) four years. … We’re in the prime of Joel’s career…Either Ben Simmons is playing for us, or we have to get back a difference maker,” Morey said.
Simmons is still not playing for the Sixers as their standoff continues. For what it’s worth, though, the 25-year-old recently told Doc Rivers, Joel Embiid and his teammates that he is not yet ready to play–citing mental health concerns.
It remains to be seen if Simmons will ever suit up for the Sixers–perhaps in a bid to further boost his value–but for now, his future in the City of Brotherly Love is in limbo.