With one month before the NBA trade deadline, Ben Simmons’ agent – Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul – met with Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and manager on Wednesday. General Elton Brand, and the teams remain at a deadlock on the overall Star Guard’s immediate future, sources told ESPN.
Simmons isn’t any closer to honoring the team’s hopes of a return to the field this season – and the Sixers’ high asking price hasn’t brought Simmons closer to a potential trade, sources told ESPN.
The reunion at a downtown Philadelphia restaurant was described as friendly and professional, but Morey reiterated the franchise’s position that she won’t trade with Simmons unless she thinks the return to her. gives a chance to compete for a championship, sources said.
Paul told the Sixers that Simmons’ mental health issues continue to prevent him from returning to play for the team, and the desire for a trade out of Philadelphia remains in place, sources said.
Simmons, 25, has signed throughout the 2024-25 season – a contract worth up to $ 177 million over five years – and continues to face significant fines for missed games and time off duty. ‘team.
The Sixers (23-16) have won seven straight games on Wednesday, but remain out of action among elite Eastern Conference teams without Simmons to team up with All-NBA center Joel Embiid.
The Sixers are targeting the top 25 caliber players for deals, but those sort of assets have yet to be made available to them in deals, sources said. Some teams have even described the Sixers asking price for a deal with Simmons as increasing the price – not decreasing, sources told ESPN.