Despite weeks of trade rumors, Ben Simmons is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons’ future with the Philadelphia 76ers has been in doubt since the team was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks, in large part due to his evident problems throughout that series.
Despite this, he’s still with the Sixers, according to a recent report from Kyle Neubeck of Philadelphia Voice. The many offers that have surfaced in stories appear to pique the curiosity of the front office, which isn’t interested in turning Simmons into a scumbag.
Internally, team sources view a lot of the reported offers floated around the league as transparent attempts to lower Simmons’ trade value below where it actually is. The Sixers are uninterested in packages returning multiple role players and picks in exchange for Simmons, according to a source familiar with the situation.
While there seems to be pessimism about what Simmons could fetch at the end of the postseason in the broader basketball discourse, he is still a 25-year-old All-Star who is about to enter year two of a five-year contract extension. Despite his limitations, players like this do not appear on the trade market very often, and Philly is prepared to hold firm rather than take the best of a few less-than-stellar moves.