76ers’ Ben Simmons willing to sit out entire season if not traded by Feb. 10 deadline, per report

The NBA trade deadline is less than a month away, which means the Philadelphia 76ers have less than a month to replace Ben Simmons for reinforcements this season. Otherwise, the Sixers will have to wait until the end of the season to make a move with Simmons, who hasn’t played in a single game for the team this season after asking for a deal last summer.

The Sixers have remained patient when it comes to finding a new home for the disgruntled All-Star, and there has been some speculation that Simmons will eventually fit in with Philadelphia if he isn’t moved by the deadline. After all, he is still fined for every match and practice he misses. However, that clearly won’t be the case, as Simmons is “open” to sitting out all season despite the fines, according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

Shelburne said about Simmons on Monday during an appearance on ESPN NBA today. You can see her full comments on the topic below:

A showdown between the Sixers and Simmons that stretches into the summer is a real possibility due to the high asking price in Philadelphia, and the fact that the team isn’t interested in rushing toward a deal that threatens their long-term prospects only to put the situation behind them. . Additionally, Daryl Morey, the Sixers’ chief of basketball operations, may want to hold on to Simmons until the end of the season in order to attempt to execute a signing and trade with the Brooklyn Nets for landing James Harden, according to NBA reporter Mark Stein.

One thing is for sure: The Sixers don’t face any extra pressure from their best player to pull off a deal. Joel Embiid of the All-Star Center recently made it clear that he’s on board with Philadelphia’s patient approach to moving Simmons, and he’s satisfied with the team’s roster as it is currently created.

“When I look at what we’re up to when we got the most of the team in the squad, especially me in the squad, we’re going to be 21-9,” Embiid said after Philadelphia’s recent win over the Boston Celtics. “It’s not bad. It’s up there with the best records in the NBA. So, all it tells me is that we just have to stay healthy, keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“I feel very good, and I don’t think we played our best basketball yet. We still have a long way to go. We’re missing players here and there that can really help us. There’s not really an urgent need to change anything. We need him. We will keep moving forward and I am happy.”

Embiid is not putting any public pressure on the organization to make a move involving Simmons before the February 10 NBA trade deadline, and hasn’t done so behind closed doors either, according to a league source. If Embiid came and asked for extra help, the front office in Philadelphia might feel compelled to get the best offer available before the deadline, but that’s not the case.

Perhaps a trade that the Sixers find attractive enough will materialize before the deadline. If not, both sides seem content to let this thing pass until summer.

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