According to Bleacher Report’s Bryan Toporek, Philadelphia 76ers owner Daryl Morey told reporters that there is a “very good chance” that point guard Ben Simmons will not be dealt by the league’s trade deadline.
Daryl Morey says there?s a ?very good chance? that the Sixers don?t pull off the Ben Simmons trade by the trade deadline.— Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) January 20, 2022
According to Toporek, Morey then went on to say that “there are deals with the Sacramento Kings that would work.” This leaves room to wonder if a trade could be struck between the sides by February 10, but it doesn’t seem likely. Simmons has not played a minute for Philadelphia this season, and it’s hard to see that ending any time soon. The only reason there may be some urgency for Morey to get a deal done would be the win-now nature of his roster. The average age of their starting lineup is 28.4, good for the eighth oldest in the league. With the injury history of 28-year old superstar center Joel Embiid, he may not have many dominant seasons left. But as things stand, a trade of Simmons doesn’t seem like it’s going to shape up in time to beat the deadline.
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