Once Harden became available, the Philadelphia 76ers were reportedly in on the action and ready to trade Ben Simmons and more to land the former MVP.
As we know, Daryl Morey and the Sixers front office weren’t able to make it happen. The Sixers went from targeting Harden to zeroing in on Kyle Lowry before striking a small-scale deal for former Oklahoma City Thunder guard, George Hill.
Simmons was never in trade rumors beyond the Harden debacle.
These days, Simmons is in a similar position as Harden was in Houston.
Meanwhile, Ramona Shelburne of ESPN recently reported that Simmons is committed to his holdout and intends to sit out for the rest of the season if he isn’t moved to another franchise beyond the trade deadline.