Everyone out of season, people have been asking themselves, what’s going to happen to Ben Simmons? After the Sixers’ Game 7 loss to the Atlanta Hawks, it looked like the former number one pick period in Philadelphia might be coming to an end.
Daryl Morey has been active all summer in trade negotiations for Simmons, but nothing has happened. Several teams have reportedly expressed interest in the 25-year-old, but have not put together a tempting enough off for Morey to agree on a deal.
Now, with barely two weeks to go before training camp, Simmons remains in Philly. Despite requesting trade and refusing to attend training camp, Morey is still patient with trading the triple All-Star.
It seems that the relationship between the two sides cannot be repaired, but the Sixers still have hope. Tom Moore from Bucks County Courier Times recently reported that the team expects Simmons to speak for them next season. The report also said they have no plans to move him to a deal that could drop them in the standings.
From the beginning, it was clear that Morey would never lower his price for Simmons. As Joel Embiid is on his way to his best age, the Sixers need players around him to help capitalize on his highlights. A trade will only happen if it moves the needle to the Sixers.
This situation has only gotten uglier as the post season progresses and Morey plays a dangerous game. The Sixers are a team that feels they can compete for a championship now. They do not want this cloud hanging over their heads in preparation for the normal season.
Hearing that the team expects him on the team roster through training camp is another indicator that there is no end in sight. Even after an offseason full of rumors and trade discussions, no one is telling when or how the Simmons saga will end.
Kevin McCormick covers the Philadelphia 76ers for South Jersey’s 97.3 ESPN and Sports Illustrated. You can follow him on Twitter: @KevinMcCNBA.