Finally stayed in Philadelphia after the Harden trade, Ben Simmons was hot, very hot. A pressure from the Sixers made him fear the worst.
Without talking too much about it, Ben Simmons had a difficult past few weeks. Aware that he was in discussions for a trade between Sixers and Rockets around James Harden, the Australian point guard at first mentally cracked by letting go of his team.
Then, he could only bite his nails while awaiting the sentence, which was ultimately favorable to him: the Bearded Man was sent to Houston, and Simmons thus continues his adventure in Pennsylvania. A relief… but above all a surprise, because number 25 was almost certain to be traded!
The Sixers had indeed informed the players, via the respective agents of Simmons and Matisse Thybulle, that their departure was very likely. It’s Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer who says:
For their part, the Rockets did not want to do business with the Sixers. Owner Tilman Fertitta was not going to send Harden to join Daryl Morey, except in exchange for Tyrese Maxey, Ben Simmons, Matisse Thybulle and 2 picks.
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But the Sixers thought they did have a deal with the Rockets! They won’t say it publicly, but the franchise has been pushing hard to reclaim the 2018 MVP. Simmons and Thybulle were even informed by their agent on Wednesday of an upcoming trade (for them).
The two players fell asleep on Wednesday evening, being convinced to be traded in the coming hours. In the end it didn’t, since the Rockets simply “used” Philly from the start to raise the stakes, and the Bearded man joined Brooklyn.
A real relief for Simmons, who we quickly learned the joy of staying at the Sixers and not joining Houston. Let’s hope all the same that the episode does not leave too many traces with the Australian, now aware that he is absolutely not untouchable and that his franchise was ready to get rid of him.
Ben Simmons was convinced he had to pack his bags, before finally receiving the good news. The life of an NBA player is sometimes very eventful …
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