Ben Simmons’ camp meets with leaders of the Philadelphia 76ers, a team determined to trade a star

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It looks like Philadelphia 76ers star guard Ben Simmons isn’t any closer to a comeback after missing the first 39 games of the NBA season.

Simmons left the Sixers after an offseason filled with a trade request and further differences between the three-time All-Star and his organization.

Now comes this note from ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski indicating that the Simmons camp, led by Agent Rich Paul, met with the Philadelphia Brass on Wednesday. The report says nothing has changed in the disconnect and that the 76ers are “determined to bring back a significant player in (a) the trade”.

It now seems pretty clear that Ben Simmons actually played his last game as a member of the 76ers organization.

The former first-round pick retired from the team early in the season due to mental health issues. It happened after he missed training camp and preseason, resulting in both hefty fines and a managerial suspension for the 25-year-old.

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Is a Ben Simmons trade now inevitable?

June 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons warms up ahead of Game 7 of the 2021 NBA Playoff Round 2 against the Atlanta Hawks at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

With less than a month to go to the NBA trade deadline, it seems rather obvious that Philadelphia will do whatever it takes to shift the All-Star Guard. Meeting its representatives at this point in the calendar year is revealing.

The question now is whether a team will come up with a package to the taste of front office chief Daryl Morey. Previously, Philadelphia exceeded its asking price in a Simmons transaction. This included four first-round picks, James Wiseman and Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors.

Now it looks like Morey and Co. have given up on this tough stance. He now has around 25 players he’s willing to trade Simmons for.

  • Ben Simmons statistics: 15.9 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 7.7 APG, 1.7 SPG, 56% shooting

Previous reports indicated the 76ers were looking to potentially tie Tobias Harris and his contract to any potential trade with Simmons. That could complicate matters given Harris’s $ 180 million five-year contract. It could also lead to a larger three-team exchange.

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While Harris’ contract isn’t necessarily negative, he’s a pretty damn good player. The former first-round pick is averaging 18.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists on 46 percent of shots this season.

As for Simmons, there has been interest in his services over the past few months. More recently, the Minnesota Timberwolves and Sacramento Kings have been touted as potential destinations.

Any deal sending Simmons to Minneapolis would include D’Angelo Russell and other parties heading to Philadelphia. Meanwhile, De’Aaron Fox would likely be part of a deal sending Simmons to the California capital.

Stay tuned. It promises to get very interesting ahead of the February 10 NBA trade deadline.

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