The Basketball world is waiting to see where Ben Simmons will land after publicly and verbally sharing that he wants out of the city of Brotherly Love.
It has not been an easy task because, according to President of Basketball Operations Daryl Morey, the Sixers are not trading Simmons for ‘Role Players.’
“This is a very good player, and to give ourselves the best chance to win the title; you need difference makers. You don’t need role players. Right now, any sort of trade — which obviously Ben Simmons wants — the best thing we can do is get role players back. That makes no sense. That will gives us no better chance to win the title if we were to move Ben Simmons for role players.
“So people should buckle in. This is going to go for a long time, because my only job is to help us have the best chance to win the title. Ben Simmons is a difference maker, so if we can get him back, he will help us win the title. If we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will do it. I think that’s best for everyone in this situation.”
However, TNT analyst Charles Barkley, who the Sixers drafted in 1984, believes that if Morey thinks he can sit on Simmons for four years, he won’t be around to see it.
“I know how Philly, works, Daryl Morey won’t last four years. They aren’t going to sit on Ben Simmons. You can’t get away with that. You can do that on some other team. Philly built to win right now. Daryl Morey has to suck up his pride and make a trade.”
“If you don’t make a trade, you are wasting a season because Ben will not play in Philly. Joel Embiid is the best big man in the game. Do you waste his whole year ?” Said Barkley.
In recent years, players have decided to force their way out of town for what they believe are better situations. This raises the question with the CBA negotiations vastly approaching would NBA Governors elected to implement rules to prohibit that option moving forward.
In a recent interview with Dallas Maverick Governor, Mark Cuban FortyEightMinutes.com asked that same question.
“Yeah, I don’t even know. We’ll see. We’ll have a conversation as we do about everything. We’ll see what happens.”
We will have to wait and see what both sides are able to negotiate when the time comes.