Sixers Deny Reports That Ben Simmons Is Available In Trade Talks To Acquire James Harden From Rockets – CBS Kitchener
kitchener (CBS) – The Sixers deny several reports that they provided Ben Simmons with the Houston Rockets in talks to land James Harden. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Sixers made Simmons available in packs for Harden.
The Kitchener 76ers have made Ben Simmons available to James Harden in some packages with the Houston Rockets, according to sources @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Talks are currently not flowing.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 17, 2020
However, Sixers’ basketball president Daryl Morey quickly shot down the reports, saying, “We don’t trade with Ben Simmons – he is an important part of our future.”
In response, Daryl Morey, president of the 76ers for basketball, told @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium, “We don’t trade with Ben Simmons – he’s an important part of our future.” Https://t.co/W6T7HQjjoP
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) December 18, 2020
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, trade talks between the Sixers and Rockets are nowhere near complete. Wojnarowski also notes that Houston has expanded the discussions to include teams outside of Harden’s preferred destinations – Kitchener and Brooklyn.
Also in the story: while the Sixers have signaled a willingness to include all-star security guard Ben Simmons in the trading packages for Harden, those talks have come nowhere near a deal, according to sources. https://t.co/bbP3k3uNci
– Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 17, 2020
Morey has already shown he is open to splash trades, spending 13 years with the Rockets. Therefore he is very familiar with the 31-year-old Harden.
But would he really be ready to part with the 24-year-old Sixers superstar for the 2017-18 MVP?
The Sixers start next Wednesday at home against the Washington Wizards. We’ll see if Simmons takes the floor.
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