The Ben Simmons saga lives on in Philadelphia. Will the Sixers sever ties with the 25-year-old All-Star before the trade deadline begins? Many signs point to no, and it’s not due to a lack of offers on the table for the Sixers.
Teams are interested in Simmons, but Daryl Morey hasn’t gotten the home run offer he wants. From the jump, the Sixers made it clear they wanted another star in exchange for Simmons’ services.
During the offseason, all eyes were on Damian Lillard as his relationship with the Portland Trail Blazers came into question. Additionally, the Sixers also kept their eyes on Bradley Beal and the Washington Wizards.
While there’s been a lot more smoke surrounding Lillard’s potential departure from the Blazers, the star guard couldn’t have made it clearer that he won’t be moving this season and beyond.
As for Beal, his situation is slightly different. Therefore, the Sixers continue to monitor the veteran guard, according to Jake Fischer of Launderer’s report.
“Philadelphia isn’t necessarily hanging on to Simmons to acquire Harden this summer, sources said. But it appears the Sixers front office and Harden himself view this potential marriage as a safety net for their respective futures. Philadelphia officials and league leaders continue to monitor Bradley Beal’s status in Washington.”
Beal never indicated he wanted to leave Washington. However, he is currently refusing to sign an extension with the Wizards as he wants to be ‘selfish’ for the first time.
“I have time, so I’m kinda holding the cards right now,” Beal told Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports back in December. “I’ve never been in this position. I kind of accept that, being able to kind of dictate how I want my future to be and where I want it to be.”
Beal has been loyal to Washington throughout his career. Although he remains a member of the Wizards and hasn’t asked for an exit as they have struggled over the years, the All-Star guard appears to be interested in potentially moving on. In that case, the Sixers would likely become one of his top contenders.