JJ Redick wants Sixers to move Ben Simmons, not waste Joel Embiid’s prime

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The Philadelphia 76ers are running out of time before the Feb. 10 trade deadline to figure out what they can get for disgruntled Ben Simmons.

The Sixers have maintained they will move him only for a top-25 player — a difference-maker — to put next to Embiid. With the way Embiid is playing, however, maybe the Sixers will settle for multiple good players that fit next to Embiid.

Former Sixers guard JJ Redick suggests the team trades Simmons soon in order to not waste this terrific season Embiid is having on his podcast “The Old Man and the Three”:

Daryl Morey is now saying with the way Joel is playing has elevated us to basically contender status. We’d be doing a disservice, I’m paraphrasing here, we’d be doing a disservice to not look at trades for Ben Simmons. There’s, I think, more willingness now to trade him for a non top-25 non top-30 player and get a couple good players back and some picks. To me, that’s the smart choice. I don’t know how you can justify wasting this year of Joel’s prime when things across the league feel fairly wide open.

President Daryl Morey has acknowledged Embiid’s recent elite level of play has changed Philadelphia’s deadline plans, but he also maintained the team wants a win-win deal for the team and Simmons.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens over the next couple of weeks leading up to the deadline.

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