While some Philadelphia fans are eager to unload Simmons, Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey will likely approach things in a much more measured manner.
If the Sixers were a couple of years away from true contention they could afford to take on promising, albeit unproven young players, or even draft picks in exchange for Simmons. The Golden State Warriors could potentially offer the Sixers both the seventh and 14th picks in the upcoming 2021 NBA Draft for Simmons, but how would that help Philly in the short term? The Sixers need to do everything that they can maximize Embiid’s prime as a player and to built a complete team around him, and trading for picks or unproven players doesn’t help to do that. The Sixers are well aware of this, as they’re reportedly only willing to move Simmons in exchange for an already established All-Star-caliber player.