Ben Simmons has felt trapped in Philadelphia all season. Ben has refused to play for the team. The reason he’s given is that he is not mentally ready to play and doesn’t trust the team’s doctors. The Sixers front office has been trying to figure out with to do with Simmons all season.
Kyrie Irving has had a similar year, although he recently returned to play. The Brooklyn Nets star is unable to join his team for home games because he refuses to get vaccinated against COVID-19. New York regulations require those working indoors to have taken the vaccine.
NBA insider Jordan Schultz has tweeted that league sources are starting to hear buzz about a potential trade deadline deal that would bring the troubled superstars together in Brooklyn. The Nets have asked the Sixers to include a couple of players in a potential trade that would move James Harden to Philly and Simmons to Brooklyn.
“League sources: #Nets have asked #Sixers for both Matisse Thybulle and Tyrese Maxey to be included in a potential James Harden – Ben Simmons trade. Brooklyn also has tangible interest in sharpshooting guard Seth Curry, a career 44 percent 3-point shooter.
To be clear, the #Nets know they won’t be getting all three of these players in the deal, but these are they’re top targets, alongside Ben Simmons.”
The Nets have two conflicting trains of thought in the front office. One is the potential of keeping Harden and trying to win a title with him now. The franchise would lose him to free agency after the season if they took that risk. With the Simmons deal, the team would have more years of control and flexibility. Things will continue to heat up as we approach tomorrow’s NBA trade deadline.
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