The 76ers may be saving Ben Simmons from trading to make a run at James Harden

The Athletic reports that the Philadelphia 76ers may not trade Ben Simmons until they do a run against Brooklyn Nets star James Harden.

Like it happened during the past season, there was no traction for Philadelphia 76ers transferred from Ben Simmons. After asking for a trade before the season started, Simmons remains unfit for the 76ers due to being said to be mentally unprepared. Sixers fans shouldn’t expect a deal to happen on this season’s deadline.

According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Sam Amick, the 76ers prefer to wait until they can get past James Harden or another superstar in the season before trading Simmons. The purpose of the wait is so they can use Simmons in a potential sale and signing deal, according to Charania and Amick.

The 76ers were reportedly holding the Ben Simmons trade until they made a run at James Harden

Charania and Amick note in their post that this will be Philadelphia’s plan unless they are blown away by another team’s offer before the February 10 trading deadline.

Harden has a contract for the remainder of the season. But next season, he has a player selection worth $47.3 million. It’s not necessarily a shock that Philadelphia would be interested in pursuing him, as team president Daryl Morey was with Harden on the Houston Rockets. Not only that, the 76ers also tried to land Harden in a trade last season before the star finally chooses to trade with the Brooklyn Nets.

This season, Harden is averaging 22.7 points, 10.1 assists and 8.0 rebounds while shooting 41.9% from the field and 33.8% from the 3-point line across 41 games.

As for the 76ers, they were firmly seated in the playoff picture in the Eastern Conference. It will be interesting to see if they receive an offer ahead of time that could help boost their NBA Finals odds. If not, based on a report from The Athletic, they will wait until the season leaving Simmons moves on. The 76ers may be saving Ben Simmons from trading to make a run at James Harden

John Verrall

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