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Sixers situation could force Daryl Morey to pull the trigger on Ben Simmons trade

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The Philadelphia 76ers are having serious issues at the moment, with some of the players struggling with production and efficiency on the court while others are dealing with health matters. If things don’t improve, it could finally force Sixers president Daryl Morey to make his bold move. 

Sixers’ depleted lineup

Forward Tobias Harris has contacted COVID and is placed in the NBA’s safety protocols. This means he will miss at least ten games as the Sixers enter a crucial stretch of games, including against Eastern Conference rivals New York Knicks, Milwaukee Bucks, and Chicago Bulls. 

The team is 5-2, good for 4th spot in the Eastern Conference standings, but with Joel Embiid struggling to regain his old self early in the season, things could unravel rapidly for Philadelphia. After Embiid had his MRI for his troublesome knee, the management had a slight scare, but fortunately, the results were negative. Sweet-shooting guard Danny Green, meanwhile, suffered a hamstring injury which added to the health woes of Sixers.

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Although Embiid is a fighter who will try to carry the team on his shoulders, this is not good for the playoff dreams of Philadelphia because the last thing Joel needs to do is overexert himself. The management could play with the cards they’ve been dealt with, play with what they have on the roster and see if they could win some games, or put more pressure on wantaway forward Ben Simmons and try to have him return to help the team. 

Ben Simmons is not yet ready to return

Bad news for fans hoping that Simmons would play soon — he’s still not mentally ready. President Morey reportedly approached Ben about his return, but at the end of the discussion, no agreement was reached about when he would join the team.

Philadelphia badly needs Ben to play soon. He may not be the answer to every problem the Sixers are going through right now, but he can ease the pressure. Simmons is still an outstanding player if he puts his heart and mind into basketball. His continued refusal to return, citing mental health concerns, speaks about his commitment going forward. 

By refusing to play when the team needs him most, Ben lost his chance to redeem himself in front of Sixers fans. If he decided to play despite not being ready yet, fans would appreciate the gesture and sacrifice to help the team. Simmons might have already lost his chance to flip the narrative about him, and it could change what other teams think of him as a professional. 

Since the Australian has not committed to helping the team yet, now is the time for Morey to finally pull the trigger for Simmons’ trade. It’s hard because he wants to find a game-changer in exchange for Simmons but given the current situation at hand, trading his player might be the best solution for the Sixers’ woes. 

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