Report: 76ers have increased asking price for Ben Simmons, no movement on trade
The reported consensus expectation within the NBA: The 76ers will likely trade Ben Simmons before the trade deadline.
However, less than a month until the Feb. 10 deadline…
It’s difficult to confirm no teams are progressing on a Simmons trade. Just because most teams are stalled doesn’t mean one team isn’t gaining traction. That’s all it takes to make a deal. But if any reporter can credibly offer this widespread assessment, it’s Wojnarowski.
The 76ers have demanded a star in exchange for Simmons and so far not gotten that offer. They’ve also lost leveraging with Simmons avoiding fines while still not playing. This is a heck of a time for Philadelphia to raise its asking price.
76ers president Daryl Morey said the standoff could last four years. That sounded like posturing.
But he’s also showing plenty of indicators he won’t rush into a deal, not even with the trade deadline approaching.