With the NBA trade deadline a month away, Ben Simmons’ agent – Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul – met with Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey and general manager Elton Brand on Wednesday, and the sides remain at a stalemate over the All-Star guard’s immediate future, sources told ESPN.
Simmons is no closer to honoring the team’s hopes for a return to the court this season – and the Sixers’ steep asking price has brought Simmons no closer to a potential trade, sources told ESPN.
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The meeting at a downtown Philadelphia restaurant was described as amicable and professional, but Morey reiterated the franchise’s stance that it won’t make a Simmons trade unless it believes the return gives it a chance to compete for a championship, sources said.
Paul told the Sixers that Simmons’ mental health hurdles continue to preclude him from a return to play with the team, and the desire for a trade out of Philadelphia remains in place, sources said. Some teams have even described the Sixers’ asking price for a Simmons’ deal as growing in price – not declining, sources told ESPN.