Sixers have tried attaching Tobias Harris to possible Ben Simmons deals

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The Philadelphia 76ers figure to be one of the more active teams as the Feb. 10 trade deadline continues to approach as they have one major domino on their roster in terms of any deadline action in the form of Ben Simmons.

While Simmons is a complicated domino due to the fact that he has not played in a game since June 20, 2021, the Sixers are still looking to solve this situation sooner rather than later. Philadelphia is still looking for a top 25 player in return for one of their top players.

Things got a little more complicated when ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported that the Sixers are looking to include Tobias Harris in any Simmons deal. As the deadline approaches, Sam Amick of The Athletic is now reporting that the Sixers have attempted to already include Harris in possible deals with two teams.

Per Amick:

There’s this subplot to the Simmons situation, too: As if the uncertainty that would come with taking on his massive deal isn’t enough, sources say the Sixers have been attempting to attach forward Tobias Harris and his sizable deal in possible Simmons deals with multiple teams as well (including Atlanta and Sacramento). The 29-year-old forward, who is averaging 18.4 points, 7.5 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, is owed a combined $79.4 million in the next two seasons.

Amick then added this little nugget of information about what Philadelphia could be thinking with the inclusion of Harris in these possible deals:

So long as the Harris component remains part of the Sixers’ strategy, it’s not only another significant complication in the process but also the kind of thing that leaves rival executives questioning the Sixers’ genuine interest in finding a deal for Simmons now. After all, many have suspected that Morey would rather wait for the Damian Lillard, Bradley Beal or even James Harden types (the Nets star could reunite with Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey this summer via sign-and-trade if he opted out of his deal).

The Sixers figure to be one of the teams continuing to figure out what to do with their current roster over the next couple of weeks. The Sixers still want Simmons to rejoin the team, but he still does not have any intention of rejoining the team. Therefore, Philadelphia might have to just wait until the offseason to make a move.

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