Daryl Morey: If we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will do it

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Kyle Neubeck: Morey doubling down on not trading Simmons for role players: “People should buckle in, this is going to go a long time… If we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will do it”
Source: Twitter @KyleNeubeck

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Serena Winters @SerenaWinters
Daryl Morey to @MikeMiss25 on how long he is willing to hold out to get back a ‘difference maker’ in a Ben Simmons trade:
“You’re going to think I’m kidding and I’m not, this could be 4 years.” pic.twitter.com/NyXiRqIinb4:54 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Daryl Morey, in a Philadelphia radio interview, confirming what’s been widely believed: He will not be pressured into trading Ben Simmons. “People should buckle in,” Morey said. “This is going to go a long time.” – 4:52 PM

Salman Ali @SalmanAliNBA
Pretty confident that Ben Simmons will net the Sixers a much better return than Twitter expects he will because Daryl Morey is the guy manning the ship. – 4:49 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Sixers president Daryl Morey said “This could take four years” on how long the Ben Simmons Saga could last. – 4:47 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Daryl Morey waiting for a superstar to request a trade so he can get rid of Ben Simmons pic.twitter.com/VWZdm98Mpr4:43 PM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Daryl Morey on @MikeMiss25: “People should buckle in.” Says the team can only get role players in a trade now, will only trade him for a difference maker.
“What’s our best chance to win a championship? Right now it’s re-integrating Ben Simmons to our time.” – 4:38 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Morey doubling down on not trading Simmons for role players: “People should buckle in, this is going to go a long time…if we can trade Ben Simmons for a difference maker, we will do it” – 4:36 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
All-Star guard Ben Simmons is expected to come early to the 76ers shootaround on Friday morning to discuss his playing status with organizational leadership, sources tell ESPN. Sixers play the Nets on ESPN and team is still hopeful that Simmons will participate in shootaround. – 4:22 PM

Jason Jones @mr_jasonjones
I’m actually surprised it took this long for Ben Simmons to have a back problem pic.twitter.com/A36duUZQOh4:11 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
the sixers and ben simmons handling this entire situation pic.twitter.com/UJjIohTOVn3:47 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets are dealing with the Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving messes as they prepare to meet Friday night on ESPN in the #76ers’ home opener. Irving is out indefinitely and Simmons appears headed in that direction: bit.ly/3AWppjL pic.twitter.com/1PlfzUXPPL3:40 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Ben Simmons had not received treatment for or acknowledged any sort of back pain prior to Thursday, and multiple sources contacted by @thephillyvoice earlier in the week expected a health claim to emerge following his suspension on Tuesday phillyvoice.com/sixers-ben-sim…3:32 PM

Michael Lee @MrMichaelLee
Ben Simmons is really going to go out like this…? pic.twitter.com/k1wBM6eLW43:22 PM

Yaron Weitzman @YaronWeitzman
Ben Simmons describing his back pain to Sixers doctors: youtu.be/BlUM887Cuus3:22 PM

Jake Fischer @JakeLFischer
Back today on @thehalftimeapp from 4-5 ET, where we’ll be joined by the great @Chris Herring to talk Knicks, his new book, and another spin of the Ben Simmons wheel: apps.apple.com/us/app/halftim…3:18 PM

Sopan Deb @SopanDeb
the ben simmons situation is the stupidest, most distracting, unproductive, unchanging, petty, low stakes drama to happen when there’s actual basketball being played.
please give me more of it because i can’t get enough. – 3:09 PM

Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
I love every detail of this Ben Simmons situation. – 3:08 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons is currently not mentally ready to play for the team and was receiving treatment on his back today due to ramp up process. He will miss Friday’s home opener vs. Nets and is not expected to play for an undetermined period of time. – 3:05 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
Ben Simmons described back tightness to several Sixers staff members and was briefly treated for it today, sources tell ESPN. – 2:56 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Several former 76ers players spoke to @etanthomas36 about the Ben Simmons situation and playing in Philly.
Theo Ratliff: “If he thought it took a lot of work for his jumpshot, wait until he sees how much work it’s going to take to win [back] Philly fans.” basketballnews.com/stories/former…2:53 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
On Sixers possibly without Ben Simmons, Steve Nash: “You recognize the talent that Ben Simmons brings, offensively with his size, speed, playmaking defensively, obviously a very elite defender. Having said that, they anchor around Joel, have shooting around him, very effective” – 2:31 PM

Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Ben Simmons today, apparently pic.twitter.com/5yqs4X0BG12:25 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN Sources: All-Star Ben Simmons arrived and departed the 76ers practice facility today without taking part in a scheduled individual workout. His status for Friday night’s game vs. Brooklyn (ESPN, 7:30 PM) is unclear. As a team, the Sixers had no practice today. – 2:17 PM

Ohm Youngmisuk @NotoriousOHM
Patty Mills says he hasn’t spoken to fellow Aussie Ben Simmons recently. “[We’re] close in certain things and obviously his journey has gone the path that it has watching from afar. With national team stuff we’ve come quite close. As a fellow countrymen, you always wish the best” – 2:08 PM

Jon Johnson @jonjohnsonwip
Jason Kelce taking Ben Simmons to school. #TheRealTreasure pic.twitter.com/DxLJYhuuEa1:52 PM

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Report: Ben Simmons told 76ers he’s not mentally ready to play nba.nbcsports.com/2021/10/21/rep…1:05 PM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets are dealing with the Ben Simmons and Kyrie Irving situations as they prepare to meet Friday night on ESPN in the #76ers’ home opener: bit.ly/3AWppjL pic.twitter.com/BMZI9Skica12:15 PM

Kyle Neubeck @KyleNeubeck
Eagles center Jason Kelce on the Ben Simmons situation: “Everybody can bitch and complain about how tough this city is to play in. Just play better man, this city will love you.” – 12:09 PM

Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
No Ben Simmons drama. Just basketball. Joel Embiid and the team enjoyed some normalcy at least for 1 night. #Sixers sixerswire.usatoday.com/2021/10/21/joe… via @SixersWire #NBA11:14 AM

John Hollinger @johnhollinger
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Justin Grasso @JGrasso_
No practice today for the #Sixers. The Ben Simmons press conference on hold once again… – 8:50 AM

Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN
After stressful day when Ben Simmons was kicked out of practice and suspended, Sixers regrouped with a team dinner in New Orleans and showed good chemistry in routing Pelicans: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…8:35 AM

Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: How the #Sixers and #Nets deal with Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving drama as they meet again Friday night: bit.ly/3AWppjL #76ers pic.twitter.com/NfS0kxppAQ6:35 AM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Doc Rivers supports Ben Simmons despite Sixers star’s practice antics: ‘I want Ben to be playing’ inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 3:55 AM

Rich Hoffman @rich_hofmann
Loud “We want Simmons!” chants as the Sixers perimeter defense is getting lit up. I would stick to the “Where’s Ben Simmons?” chants if we’re trying to make sense here. – 9:28 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
The crowd is chanting “Where’s Ben Simmons?” Something tellsme the Sixers are going to hear this a lot. – 9:02 PM

Gina Mizell @ginamizell
“Where’s Ben Simmons?” chant starting in the arena…but is short-lived. – 9:01 PM

Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Doc Rivers supports Ben Simmons despite Sixers star’s practice antics: ‘I want Ben to be playing’ inquirer.com/sixers/sixers-… via @phillyinquirer – 5:01 PM

More on this storyline

Derek Bodner: Daryl Morey on @975TheFanatic: “Would you rather eliminate what people perceive to be a distraction, or would you rather have better playoff odds? I’ll take playoff odds… Whatever we have to deal with that helps the Philadelphia 76ers win the title, we’ll do it.” -via Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA / October 21, 2021

Kyle Neubeck: Morey: “You’re going to think I’m kidding, I’m not, this could take four years…we’re in the prime of Joel’s career…this is not a day to day [issue}]. Every day, we are going to expect Ben Simmons to be back here, or we trade him for a difference maker.” -via Twitter @KyleNeubeck / October 21, 2021

Kyle Neubeck: I don’t know anyone of any significance in Sixers’ org who would leak accusations Simmons is faking mental health issue, and team has (in recent past) offered to provide resources to Simmons there *if* it’s something he feels he needs help with. Circulating otherwise is reckless -via Twitter @KyleNeubeck / October 21, 2021