The Philadelphia 76ers are still in the middle of the Ben Simmons saga as things still haven’t exactly moved forward towards the end of this situation. The Sixers have maintained that they would either like him to return to the squad or move him for just one of the top 25 players.
It looks like the Sixers would definitely prefer to have the old sense that they would like him to return. Simmons is a three-time All-Star and he has a huge impact on the game in all areas other than his lack of a rider. It is obvious that they miss his presence on the ground.
According to veteran NBA reporter Marc Stein, the Sixers would still rather have Simmons come back and sort things out than trade him, as Stein reports:
The 76ers will be discussing various business scenarios for Simmons for the next month, but in fact, trading him ahead of the annual NBA business buzzer isn’t their preferred scenario. As it is.
According to a source close to the Philadelphia thought, convincing Simmons to join the team and play as much of the remaining schedule as possible is the club’s “No.1 goal” when it comes to the wayward playmaker.
Do the Sixers have any hope of getting that kind of commitment from Simmons if the deadline goes without a deal? It’s hard to imagine when he’s so clearly expressed his desire to play elsewhere … and when he sinks into the fact that Simmons last played for the Sixers on June 20, 2021, in their fateful playoff loss. Game 7 playoffs against Atlanta.
It makes sense why the Sixers would prefer Simmons’ return. He has such a huge impact on this team with his elite play and his elite defensive play. That makes him such a valuable piece for this team despite his lack of score or jump shot.
Despite what the fan base or what others might think, they have to find a way to get him back on the team and move forward. This situation has continued to plague the franchise since the offseason, so they should fix this issue sooner rather than later.
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