Ben Simmons broke down in tears during a phone call with Kevin Durant

Ben Simmons was reportedly very emotional during a phone call with Kevin Durant as the Brooklyn Nets completed the transaction for him on Thursday, February 10.

The NBA deal deadline has the conclusion of the Ben Simmons-Philadelphia 76ers story. He hasn’t played a game this season because he wanted a deal from the team, which didn’t happen quickly due to the 76ers’ high asking price. But that all changed on the deadline, when Simmons was transferred to the Brooklyn Nets, with James Harden going to the 76ers.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne (fee wall)Simmons spoke to Nets executives and star Kevin Durant as the transaction was nearing completion and reportedly had emotion in his voice as he thanked them for their trust in him.

Ben Simmons Reportedly Affectionate During Phone Call With Kevin Durant, Nets

Simmons’ relationship with the 76ers took a turn for the worse after the team was knocked out of the playoffs by the Atlanta Hawks. He held out after asking for a trade before returning to the team shortly before the season began. It was later revealed that Simmons would not be playing for the 76ers, as he is dealing with his mental health.

A Simmons deal finally came true once Harden reported to the Nets just before the deadline that he wanted to leave the team and prioritize playing for the 76ers. Of course, Harden has a relationship with basketball executive chairman Daryl Morey from their days with the Houston Rockets. Harden was sidelined for Brooklyn ahead of the trade deadline, and the team attributed his absence to a left tendon strain.

The official terms of the transaction are that Harden and Paul Millsap will travel to Philadelphia in exchange for Simmons, Seth Curry, Andre Drummond, a 2022 first-round draft pick (unguarded) and a first-round draft pick first 2027 (protected).

As of this writing, there is still no official timeline on when Simmons will debut with Brooklyn. Whenever Simmons is said to be ready to join the Nets, he’ll look to help the franchise win their first Larry O’Brien trophy. Ben Simmons broke down in tears during a phone call with Kevin Durant

John Verrall

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