The NBA commerce deadline is lower than a month away and 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons nonetheless stays a member of Philadelphia’s franchise.
On Tuesday, Sports activities Illustrated’s Chris Mannix reported that the group has conveyed to opposing groups that it’s not reducing the asking price for Simmons. Previous reporting has suggested any Simmons commerce would entail not dealing for position gamers, however as an alternative solely for gamers who will assist the 76ers develop into a championship contender.
Basketball reporter Marc Stein reported earlier this week that the Sixers need to nonetheless persuade Simmons to return to Philadelphia, however added that the Hawks have emerged as a possible new group that may very well be within the former No. 1 decide.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania additionally reported this week that the Kings, Path Blazers, Timberwolves and Pacers are additionally potential suitors for Simmons.
Simmons has not performed this season. He first reportedly requested a commerce from the franchise in August, but briefly rejoined the group towards the top of coaching camp. He then subsequently left the group as soon as once more.
In November, The Athletic reported that Simmons had once more reiterated his commerce request.
Per The Athletic’s reporting this week, Simmons continues to fulfill group obligations, reminiscent of coaching periods and group conferences in addition to persevering with to satisfy with psychological well being specialists.
Philadelphia (23–16) enters Wednesday evening’s sport with Charlotte (22–19) because the No. 5 seed within the Japanese Convention, simply 4 video games behind the top-seeded Bulls.
The NBA commerce deadline is about for Feb. 10, at 3 p.m. ET.
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