You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone happier about the news James Harden is going to Brooklyn than Ben Simmons. He knew the Rockets were deciding between a final offer from the Nets and Sixers, and his wish came through – Simmons is staying in Philly.
“Somebody close to Ben just texted me – he’s very happy he didn’t get traded. He wants to be in Philly. He believes they can win a championship there.”Marc Spears, The Hoop Collective
It was never a secret that James Harden is the love of Daryl Morey’s life. After leaving Houston, Morey took out a full-page ad to express his love and gratitude to Harden. As the new GM of the 76ers, everyone under the sun knew Morey would make a bid for Harden and that Simmons would be the foundation of that offer. Simmons knew talks were intensifying, and all he could do is sit and wait.
Someone close to Ben: “We just feel like we just got off a rollercoaster,” they texted me that.Marc Spears, The Hoop Collective
Our first reaction was to figure out the teams involved in the trade, but the very next thing in line was the mood in the Sixers locker room. Players never want to be in trade conversations, and it can often create resentment towards a franchise. It seems like this won’t be the case in Philly.
Simmons isn’t the only one happy he’s still a Sixer. Doc Rivers didn’t hide his enthusiasm for Simmons and surely in “keep Ben” camp in the organization. That will surely help in ensuring a stable, harmonious locker room going forward – coach had his back.
Embiid is playing the best basketball he ever did, and with Doc Rivers confident he sun put Simmons in better positions than Brett Brown did, the duo will now have a chance to play it out. Simmons can sleep peacefully; his future is in Philly.
Until Bradley Beal asks for a trade…