Ben Simmons trade rumors: A timeline of all the latest involving 76ers star ahead of Feb. 10 deadline

The Ben Simmons story has now run for more than seven months. What started with an epic Game 7 crash against the Atlanta Hawks, turned into one of the most protracted trade-demand confrontations in NBA history.

The 76ers were unable to find an acceptable off-season trading package. Simmons reported camp before citing his mental health as the reason he was unable to play in Philadelphia. The 76ers consistently insisted on a star versus Simmons. They have not yet been able to do so.

With the February 10 trading deadline fast approaching, it’s not just clear how firmly the 76ers are in this position. Are they really willing to waste a year of a Joel Embiid party waiting for the perfect package? Or will they make a deal for players who are less accomplished and just want to get something done?

Here is the latest news on the Simmons saga as we approach the deadline:

Jan. 24 – The trade deadline is just over two weeks away, and Ben Simmons is staying with the 76ers. He might also be on Philly’s list after February 10th, too. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Sam Amick, the team is unhappy with what is currently available on the commercial market and would prefer to wait until summer for a bigger prize.

Although Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal and Jaylene Brown are still on the Sixers’ radar, they maintain some optimism that James Harden, who is currently a member of the Brooklyn Nets, could finally land. However, being able to land Harden would be a complicated matter.

January 20 – Ben Simmons’ deal before the February 10 deadline is “less likely than likely,” 76ers president Daryl Morey said at 97.5 “The Mike Missanelli Show” The Fanatic on Thursday. The interview lasted over 25 minutes, with Morey confirming that he feels Simmons can play for the Sixers again.

“I think it’s less likely than that,” Morey said. “But I hope I’m wrong. Like, look, it won’t be for lack of trying. We have a whole team of (people) in the front office. That’s all we do. We don’t have another important job. Everything we’re working on.”

Jan 17 – The disgruntled goalkeeper Ben Simmons has yet to bounce back for the Philadelphia 76ers this season, and the Sixers have yet to find a suitable trading partner that will give them the package they’re looking for. It’s been reported that Simmons is willing to sit out for the remainder of the season if it isn’t traded by the February 10 deadline, which could be a real possibility if Philly doesn’t lower Simmons’ asking price or find a team willing to donate the Sixers whatever they want. The Sixers are said to be demanding an All-Star caliber player versus Simmons, as well as first-round picks. There are very few teams in the league that will – or be able to – provide that, which means a deal for Simmons could develop into a multi-team deal.

It has already been reported that the Sixers have no interest in a deal that would send Russell Westbrook to the Sixers in exchange for the Simmons, and other teams across the league are doing their best to offer a deal that would attract the attention of Sixers president Daryl Morey. For now, though, nothing has materialized.

Jan. 14 – The NBA’s trading deadline is approaching, and one name that has recently emerged as likely to be available in trade talks is Sacramento Kings star guard D’Aaron Fox. The Kings have had a lot of interest in Fox in recent days, and the only team that has come into contact with Sacramento is the Philadelphia 76ers, who also have a famous player actively shopping at Ben Simmons. Simmons has yet to play a game for the Sixers this season after asking for a deal over the summer.

The Sixers and Kings recently discussed a trade involving Simmons and Fox in an exploratory way, according to Chris Hines of Yahoo Sports. However, Athletic’s Shams El Shaaraniya later informs that the Kings plan to keep Fox beyond the deadline.

Jan 12 – With the Philadelphia 76ers continuing to keep their options open when it comes to finding a suitable deal for disgruntled All-Star striker Ben Simmons, it appears that a potentially huge deal has been ruled out. The Sixers have no interest in sending Simmons to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell Westbrook, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.

Sixers president Daryl Morey actually traded with Westbrook once when he held the position of general manager for the Houston Rockets, and he won’t be interested in doing so again.

Jan 12 – Things have been fairly quiet on Ben Simmons’ front in recent weeks, as COVID-19 dominated the news and Joel Embiid put the Philadelphia 76ers on his back. But as the February 10 trading deadline approaches, focus is beginning to turn once again to Simmons, who has yet to play this season.

Little has changed on key points: Simmons doesn’t want to play for the Sixers; Philly is only interested in his trade-off if he can get an All-Star caliber player in return; The opposing teams were not yet ready to meet the Sixers’ rating. Simmons agent Rich Paul recently met with team boss Daryl Morey and GM Elton Brand to discuss the stalemate but little progress has been made, According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

January 11 – With the public drama Ben Simmons fading out, as everyone was expecting and accepting his absence, nothing has changed behind the scenes. The Philadelphia 76ers want to trade it – and almost certainly will – but they have no intention, at least for now, of doing so on anyone’s terms except their own.

They want all-stars in return. So far, no one has submitted. As a result, it appears that the Sixers would like to attach Tobias Harris to potential Simmons deals so they can get rid of that contract as well, as reported by Mark Spears of The Undefeated and confirmed by ESPN insider Brian Windhorst.

Jan 7 – The Philadelphia 76ers continue to research the market for a suitable trade for all-star disgruntled Ben Simmons. One team to watch when it comes to a potential deal is the Atlanta Hawks, who recently emerged as Simmons’ suitors, according to veteran NBA reporter Mark Stein. The Hawks’ trade package will likely center around John Collins and Cam Reddish, according to athlete Shams Charania. Collins is said to have been frustrated with the drop in touches over the past few seasons, but he signed a five-year, $125 million deal in restricted free agency last summer. (Note: Atlanta ended up trading Reddish for the Knicks.)

December 13 – Whether or not Ben Simmons is in the right place to fit in for the Sixers, it’s unclear if he’ll play another team game as a trade seems more likely. Back in October, Daryl Morey said the franchise was determined to wait for the right trade package before they dealt with Simmons, something that could take a while to actually materialize as there was no serious attraction on that front. However, several new teams have been added to the Simmons lottery, with the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks among those interested in the defensive-minded goalkeeper, according to athlete Shams Charania.

The Portland Trail Blazers, Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves and Cleveland Cavaliers are teams that also remain interested as the Sixers look to multi-team trading options in a bid to get the best deal for Simmons. The asking price for a three-time All-Star is said to remain the same: Philly wants a player of All-Star caliber and/or multiple first-round draft picks versus Simmons, but no one has met that requirement for the Sixers.

Dec 10 – After a few weeks of silence, business talks involving the Philadelphia 76ers All-Star goalkeeper have gained momentum in recent days, and three-team deals are on the table, According to Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe of ESPN.

Simmons has not played for the Sixers this season after asking for a deal and initially refusing to show up at training camp. He has since reported to Philadelphia but told the team he didn’t feel mentally ready to play. The Sixers, who have fined Simmons at various points throughout the process, have so far turned down any deals because they are trying to get what they feel will be a fair return. Daryl Morey has stated publicly that he would feel no pressure to move Simmons and was willing to wait years, if necessary, to find the right deal.

December 7 – If the Philadelphia 76ers were to trade Ben Simmons for anyone on the Portland Trail Blazers, it would be Damien Lillard. The possibility of the Sixers settling to swap Simmons for CJ McCollum has been consistently raised – and an earlier report that suggested Lillard wanted to play with Simmons pushed that speculation into exaggeration – but so far, that won’t happen.

The Sixers have not spoken to Portland in recent weeks, and the team is not currently interested in McCollum as the focus of a comeback in a deal for Simmons, a source familiar with the situation confirmed to CBS Sports. Philly Voice’s Kyle Newbeck first reported the Sixers’ stance on McCollum on Monday night. The Sixers will continue to keep their options open until the February 10 trade deadline.

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