On Monday’s iteration of NBA Today, ESPN Senior writer Ramona Shelbourne let it be known that Ben Simmons was willing to sit out the entire 2021-22 season with the Philadelphia 76ers if a trade wasn’t made by the deadline.
Surprising? Sort of, but not totally unexpected, as there has been basically no traction towards a potential on-court reunion between the two parties, and as the NBA Today team pointed out, it’s not like Joel Embiid is forcing the issue one way or the other. No, something tells me the former Houston GM might just stick to his guns, take the public Ls, and hold out for a chance to reunite with James Harden, the player he wants above all others. Will fans be happy with a mid-level move, say Shake Milton and a two for Kenrich Williams? Probably not, but hey, when you’re in the pursuit of greatness, sometimes folks will want to cash out early instead of seeing the process through.