Daryl Morey: 76ers executive not confident of Ben Simmons trade before deadline

76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey believes a Ben Simmons trade before this season’s trade deadline is “less likely than likely”.

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“I think it’s less likely than likely,” Morey said of a Simmons trade before the Feb. 10 trade deadline. “I hope I’m wrong, it won’t be for lack of trying… It takes two or three to tango and exchanges are difficult to build in this league.”

The ongoing saga appears no closer to a resolution as Simmons continues to sit out games in Philadelphia, and the team remains steadfast in its desire to win back a top 25 player for the three-time All-Star. . Simmons is reportedly willing to sit out the entire season if he isn’t traded.

The 76ers have held two positions: They would like Simmons to return to the team and play, or they will just trade him for one of the top 25 players.

The February 10 trade deadline is fast approaching and Morey, speaking to 97.5’s The Fanatic Show’s Mike Missanelli on Thursday, suggested there is no imminent deal and the 76ers are still prepared to hang on to their player if the trade deadline doesn’t come. correct agreement. .

Morey emphasized the importance of making a deal that allows them to capitalize on Joel Embiid’s MVP level in recent weeks.

“We’ve got to make sure we get this right and move up to a higher level of championship-winning ability, and not just push ourselves from having the seventh-best chance to maybe the sixth-best chance in the league.” he said. “That just doesn’t make sense.”

It has been rumored that many players are on a list of potential names the Sixers would want for their point guard, but Morey also indicated during his appearance that the list could have been expanded, but again, whatever player the Sixers bring in would be needed. complement the core they already have.

“We can do it where we trade, it helps the team, it’s a better fit, and maybe our future opportunities are still open because we get some draft picks as part of that. So raise our odds enough this year, and maybe we’ll get a draft pick or a young player who could help us in the future that could develop, like if we had a player of Maxey’s caliber coming back.

“You could say it’s okay, we’ve got a really solid player who maybe isn’t in the top 30, but he’s a little bit below that, plus a solid young player who could develop above Joel’s prime, in which we are sitting”. in that. So it opens up more possibilities for deals, if that makes sense.”

Simmons, who hasn’t played for the 76ers in more than 200 days, but Morey also believes the door hasn’t closed on a possible reunion between the two, and that we could see Simmons in a 76ers jersey once again.

“I think 100% that he could play for us again, he would be literally almost the perfect player that we could have to pair with Joel Embiid,” Morey said. “People don’t understand how much of an impact he has… I think that’s why there’s a lot of ongoing commercial interest in him.