Monday, December 6 2021

Asking around, some believe the Sixers will be happy to carry this through the full 2021-22 season and resume discussions again next offseason when a new set of opportunities will become available to them. That could take shape in the form of sign-and-trade possibilities, disgruntled stars finally asking out of their own problematic situations, or new management hires for other franchises wanting to take big swings on talent like Simmons. And publicly, the Sixers have certainly suggested an extension of this standoff is possible, with Morey going so far as to say he’d take this all four years of Simmons’ deal if that’s what it took to get the best deal.
Source: Philly Voice

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Where Ben Simmons trade talks stand, Philadelphia’s willingness to let this unfold over a longer timeline, and putting a damper on a recent set of Sixers rumors phillyvoice.com/current-state-…1:08 PM

Sirius XM NBA @SiriusXMNBA
Ben Simmons hasn’t seen any NBA action since Game 7 against the Atlanta Hawks last season.
@MadDogUnleashed tells @Brian Geltzeiler and @Sam Mitchell why he wishes that wasn’t the case. pic.twitter.com/reaGrNmajP11:59 AM

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Ben Simmons, “Mental Health,” and the NBA finally drawing a (quiet) line in the sand ($) houseofstrauss.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…10:58 AM

Sam Quinn @SamQuinnCBS
Ben Simmons has become pretty underrated on this app. That’s all, that’s the tweet, goodbye. – 3:02 PM

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
New Mismatch with @Chris Vernon on the greatness of Steph, Tyrese Maxey emerging for the Sixers, Michael Malone’s angry face, Ben Simmons update, a forming GM association, the 11 teams with title hopes, injury news, Crpyto Arena, old TV shows, and more. open.spotify.com/episode/1Az7Jk…2:42 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
🏀 Steph Curry for MVP
🏀 30 players Daryl Morey would trade Ben Simmons for
🏀 Potential Finals contenders
🏀 Crypto.com Arena thoughts
#TheMismatch with @Chris Vernon and @Kevin O’Connor: open.spotify.com/episode/1Az7Jk…2:38 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
The Philadelphia 76ers insist they won’t trade Ben Simmons if they aren’t getting a “difference-maker” in return, and they are prepared to let this drag out several years if necessary.
“This is like a multi-year thing,” a Sixers source told @Sam Amick. basketballnews.com/stories/76ers-…1:08 PM

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Ben Simmons, “Mental Health,” and a Player Empowerment Waterloo houseofstrauss.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…11:05 AM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Daryl Morey will only trade Ben Simmons if Philly gets back a “difference-maker.” What does that mean?
The 76ers reportedly have a list of roughly 30 players who fit that description. It includes James Harden, Damian Lillard, Brad Beal and Jerami Grant: basketballnews.com/stories/76ers-…9:52 AM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Also, RE: Jerami Grant, I’d be surprised if the Sixers do make a move for him. Grant is a good player, but to move Ben Simmons for him does seem like a desperation move to get rid of him. If Detroit were to offer Cade Cunningham on the other hand? That changed things. – 9:20 PM

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Curious….
Sixers fans, how do you feel about acquiring Jerami Grant in a Ben Simmons trade?
(Poll will be discussed on the @lockedonsixers pod tomorrow) – 8:36 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
#Sources: James Harden and Jerami Grant are on #Sixers’ latest list of Ben Simmons trade targets inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 8:14 PM

Darren Wolfson @DWolfsonKSTP
MaximBet updated its Ben Simmons next team odds. The #Timberwolves would still love to land him, but that remains complicated and is reflected in the odds. pic.twitter.com/xiA4xStXC05:10 PM

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
The Sixers (and the NBA, secretly) vs. Ben Simmons https://t.co/P81AF83opp pic.twitter.com/alUjnbgZLc11:21 AM

Michael Scotto @MikeAScotto
76ers guard Seth Curry (@Seth Curry) is the only player shooting 50/40/90 this season. He spoke to @Jorge Sierra about his breakout season, wanting to be in the NBA 3-Point Contest, his long-term future with the Sixers, Ben Simmons, and more. hoopshype.com/lists/seth-cur…11:02 AM

Sam Amick @sam_amick
The Ben Simmons saga, one month into the season: The Sixers’ internal trade calculus; separating fact from fiction on the prospects of Simmons actually playing, and addressing the mental health uncomfortableness, at @TheAthletic
theathletic.com/2962244/2021/1…10:52 AM

Ethan Strauss @SherwoodStrauss
Ben Simmons, “Mental Health,” and a Player Empowerment Waterloo houseofstrauss.substack.com/p/ben-simmons-…7:54 AM

More on this storyline

There are opportunities to fill the void with rumors and suggestions about what the Sixers are doing and where trade talks are or are not heading. The answer right now is, well, not much of anywhere, as sources say the Sixers are mostly waiting for things to open up a bit more on December 15th. That’s the day, as I’m sure many of you know and have heard by now, that most players who signed contracts in the offseason can legally be traded, creating opportunities for larger deals around the league. -via Philly Voice / November 20, 2021

In the Detroit example, sources say there’s not much of a discussion to be had unless the Pistons unexpectedly decided to throw Cade Cunningham, this year’s No. 1 overall pick, into the mix. Even then, the timeline Cunningham is on relative to Joel Embiid would make that a tough proposition for Philly to say yes to. -via Philly Voice / November 20, 2021

Darren Wolfson: It’s just hard for me to see a scenario where Ben Simmons lands (in Minnesota) but Sachin Gupta, the inventor of the ESPN trade machine, will try to get uber creative, involve a third team. Those talks are ongoing. I am told that Gupta has been on the phone, but more so to acquaint himself with front offices he doesn’t have a relationship with -via Spotify / November 19, 2021

Source: Yahoo Sports

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