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Posted Up - Could teams call collusion on a potential Simmons-Harden trade?

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Yahoo Sports senior NBA insider Chris Haynes and Yahoo Sports senior NBA writer Vincent Goodwill break down the rumored discussions between the 76ers and Nets surrounding a deal for the two superstars — plus what the rest of the league is saying about it. Hear the full conversation on the Posted Up with Chris Haynes podcast. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher or wherever you listen.

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CHRIS HAYNES: What you're hearing, you know, the Ben Simmons situation, the situation with James Harden in Brooklyn. I've heard some things that I'm going to say. Go ahead, I'll let you go first though.

VINCE GOODWILL: Let's play a game called, Connect the dots, Chris Haynes.

CHRIS HAYNES: All right.

VINCE GOODWILL: So if you are the Philadelphia 76ers, you have an inactive player and Ben Simmons, who does not want to play for you. And you are desperately trying to create a market when there clearly does not look like that there is a market for him. Here's one thing that I did hear and I do believe.

You got James Harden that's over there in Brooklyn. And let's say that James Harden is unhappy. This ain't what I thought it was going to be. My boy KD is hurt. My friend of a friend Kyrie is doing all of this nonsense and he ain't on the floor, and none of this is turning out the way that I want it to be.

So I got my buddy over there Daryl Morey, who helped engineer the greatest individual success in my career, and I know he wants me. And I know there's another player out there so wouldn't it behoove Daryl Morey to offer Ben Simmons, and Tyrese Maxey, Teshaun Marks for James Harden, right.

And in the meantime, say, you know what? Detroit offered this, Atlanta offered this, Sacramento offered this-- to try to get them to move before a quote unquote "market develops". You see how all these pieces sort of go together, and how it all-- and Chris, if I heard it, I know you heard it.

CHRIS HAYNES: All right, you're speaking facts as usual.

VINCE GOODWILL: I think James Harden wants out. I don't know if he wants out now, but I think he wants out.

CHRIS HAYNES: Yeah. Usually where there's smoke, there's fire. So also, there's another player we're going to add to this dynamic. Michael Rubin, for those who don't know, the Sixers co-owner. Very, very good friends with James Harden.

I've talking to a rival owner, talking to rival front office executives who believe that there can be some talk going on now between both sides. And this is what I was told. Some front office executives are prepared to-- when the time comes, if a deal does look like it's about to transpire where there could be some potential sign and trade in the off season, they're prepared to get the league involved on a potential collusion case.

VINCE GOODWILL: Tampering?

CHRIS HAYNES: Dating back-- dating back to what they believe could be going on right now. You know, as to why we're probably hearing a lot of Philadelphia James Harden talk. So that's something to keep an eye on. If it does get to the point where it looks like James Harden will be headed to Philly, I was told there will be complaints issued to the league on trying to investigate to see if there were any collusion, any talks of recruitment going on right now, which is illegal and against the CBA.