Daryl Morey and 76ers should trade Ben Simmons to Sacramento

Ben Simmons

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Ben Simmons has not yet played a single game this season for the Philadelphia 76ers. The window for his full return to the team appears to have been closed once Doc Rivers started Simmons (figuratively, unlike Urban Meyer) out of practice in October for refusing to participate in team drills. Now that a return to the Sixers is in doubt, it seems that real commercial talk about Simmons is starting to take hold.

As we all remember, the entire saga began after the Sixers were knocked out by the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season. Since then, with all the blame thrown back and forth between the team and Simmons, it seemed this relationship was beyond the point of savability. So, it seems like this is where we are now in the process. Word game intended.

Rumors have recently surfaced about a possible swap between the 76ers and the Sacramento Kings, and it looks like a deal both sides should consider. Knowing how Sixers president Daryl Morey operates, any deal with Sacramento for Simmons would have to include De’Aaron Fox or Tyrese Haliburton. So they would potentially have put in Marvin Bagley III and Buddy Hield.

There have been mixed reports of the Kings’ willingness to split from Fox in recent months. Second Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer, the Kings may have changed their tune on Fox based on the recent draft of Haliburton and rookie Davion Mitchell. That’s the feeling of many league executives, O’Connor says.

Morey should accept this deal before the Kings change their mind: Simmons in Sacramento in exchange for Fox, Hield and Bagley. This may be the best offer to meet Morey’s desk this year for Simmons. Hell, I’d take Fox and Hield alone for Simmons if I were Philly. But we know Morey is not going to come out like that. As it turns out, he needs to feel like he really won the trade.

The most recent rumor about Simmons was that it’s going to ruin and he would need to go back to the team for his salary. Whether Simmons is “broke” or not is a matter of debate, but those rumors have certainly come and gone quickly. Some people expected to see him return to uniform for the Sixers before the end of the calendar year. It is now December 21st and still no Simmons on an NBA pitch. The friend is pissed off, and not even the lack of funds will be enough to make him return to the Philly locker room soon.

Come on, Daryl stop the bullshit. You’re just harming your franchise and fan base by matching Simmons’ stubbornness. Get on the phone with Sacramento and get a deal. If you can’t get Fox, get Haliburton, Hield, and Bagley, then get a couple of future lottery picks from the Kings too. Ben won’t be enough to get this team out of the Western Conference basement. Simmons will be unhappy playing for the Kings. Initially, he may be happy to leave Philadelphia. Eventually, the realization of where she is and where she was will come into play, and it won’t be pretty. But Ben states that he will go anywhere play like as long as it’s not Philly. Simmons has to be careful what he wants because it could come true.


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