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When will a Ben Simmons trade happen? Likely after Dec. 15

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Philadelphia GM Daryl Morey would be happy to trade Simmons but wants a “Difference maker” back in any deal, a player who can help the 76ers compete for a ring with Joel Embiid at his peak.

Some around the league have pointed to Dec. 15 as the day things will start to move on the Simmons trade front – the first day that most players who signed a contract this past offseason can be traded. Here’s what Marc Stein said in his newsletter:

Although league sources concur that no Simmons trade is imminent and that Morey is likely to wait until after Dec. 15 when more players are eligible to be dealt leaguewide before he pursues a deal with greater intent, we should also note that he vowed to take a so-called gap year with family members after his abrupt departure from the Houston Rockets in October 2020.

Where Simmons is mentally by mid-December, where the 76ers are in the standings, and many other variables will play into any potential Christmas time trade.

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