Report: Ben Simmons trade not coming any time soon, Sixers are patient

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At this point, the saga between Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers has continued to drag on and it is just getting tough to watch. The 25-year old 3-time All-Star is continuing to take care of his mental health, but he is taking his time and he does not want to be rushed back.

The Sixers want him to get back out on the floor as soon as possible in order to try and help the team win games and get back in the right direction of contending for a championship. Considering Simmons is under contract for another four years and president Daryl Morey has already hinted that the franchise will keep this dance going with him until he returns or they get the value they want in a trade, this does not look like it will end any time soon.

Per Sam Amick of The Athletic, the Sixers are going to remain patient in hopes of getting a star player in return for Simmons which they believe could happen soon:

It does not appear any deal will happen soon. As it stands, Simmons isn’t going anywhere until Morey is able to swap him for a truly elite player. And yes, in case you wondered, the Sixers have an actual list of such names internally.

A source with knowledge of the list said there are approximately 30 players who would satisfy the Sixers in a Simmons swap, and there’s an internal belief that a fair amount of them — let’s say five to 10 — could become available in the next year or two. And while it might sound like a long list, consider this much: It’s approximately six percent of the league and the rough equivalent to the number of All-Stars selected every season. The framing of the timeline, more than anything else, speaks volumes about the long-term approach the Sixers insist they’re taking.

“This is like a multi-year thing,” a Sixers source said.

For now, it does appear that the Sixers will remain patient with Simmons and want to get him back out on the floor for them. Not only would that help the team on the court, but it also would help Simmons boost his trade value a bit in order to really move forward on a trade. At this point, it appears that this will require some give and take from both sides in order to get something done.

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