For anyone with a rational mind, they had to know that Westbrook doesn’t make the 76ers contenders and Morey would not go back down that road.
What we know right now is Simmons’ trade talks remain stalled and the 76ers have not lowered their asking price for him. For teams not sold Simmons is a No. 1, or maybe even a No. 2, on a championship team, that contract looks more like an anchor than a bargain.
Teams interested in Simmons are being told that, despite the mental health issues that have sidelined him in Philadelphia, Simmons could play for another team after a few weeks of hard conditioning and a chance to get in some on-court work in scrimmages.
Minnesota remains interested in a Simmons trade and is talking to the 76ers, but with Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards off the table, it likely takes a third team to get the kind of star the 76ers want on the table and make a deal happen.