The Sixers continue to hear from the teams interested in pulling off a Ben Simmons trade.
The Cavaliers, Pistons, Pacers, and Timberwolves all have spoken with the team about a trade, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. However, Philadelphia is “asking for too much” in trade talks, a source tells Pompey.
Simmons didn’t report to training camp this week and while some within the organization believe that there’s a path to making it work with the 25-year-old, all signs continue to point to a split.
Sixers Media Day is off to a jolly start.
Doc Rivers says he doesn’t believe his comments about Ben Simmons not being a championship-caliber point guard is the reason Ben wants a trade. pic.twitter.com/MOMZeqx8ZD
— Chris W. Crouse 🏙 (@NBACrouse) September 27, 2021
Philadelphia was set to pay Simmons 25 percent of his salary (roughly $8.25 million) on October 1, though with Simmons not showing up to the facility, the team opted to put it into escrow.
More NBA Trade Rumors
- Bradley Beal is not available in trade talks and won’t be regardless of whether or not he signs an extension before the trade deadline, multiple sources reiterated to FortyEightMintues recently. The Wizards and Beal remained aligned in terms of him being the face of the franchise moving forward.
- The Rockets may not be forced to attach draft picks and/or assets to John Wall in order to move him, Bobby Marks of ESPN.com contends. Wall hasn’t been a disruption for the young team in Houston and he’ll sit out as the team searches the trade market. If Houston is comfortable with Wall sitting (and paying him $44.3 million this season to do so) all year, they’ll address the situation next summer when Wall will be on an expiring deal.
- The Rockets inquired about Kyrie Irving in the trade that sent Harden to Brooklyn, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report. The Nets, however, never entertained parting with Irving.
- The Spurs have had discussions with the Sixers about Simmons, though ESPN’s Zach Lowe notes that the talks haven’t gone very far. Philadelphia reportedly asked for four first-rounders, three pick swaps, and a young player in Simmons trade talks with the team. No word on which player Philadelphia was eyeing in that failed proposal.