How long can that last?
The most interesting nugget from Charania’s report is a rumored offer from the Sixers to Portland – CJ McCollum, three first-round picks, and pick swaps in exchange for Ben Simmons. The Sixers want Simmons to report, and with the financial ramifications in play, the front office and ownership have taken the necessary actions to at least make Simmons reconsider.
Per Shams, the Sixers and Rich Paul have maintained an open line of communication about Simmons potentially reporting. If Simmons does report, it would be with “Short term intentions.”
That naturally brings up the most important question in all of this: what is Philadelphia really playing at? If Simmons does report, the odds of him being fully engaged are slim to none.