Sixers GM Ready To Bench Simmons For Up To 4 Years

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Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets
Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers and Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets

Ben Simmons is trying everything to get out of Philadelphia, but the 76ers are not budging.

General manager Daryl Morey firmly declared that the organization is willing to wait for four years before a deal for the 25-year-old gets done.

Speaking to 97.5 The Fanatic via TMZ, the 76ers boss responded to a question on how long he is willing to wait before dealing with the former top pick.

"You're going to think I'm kidding and I'm not--this could be 4 years," Morey said.

The four-year wait is about the $177 million deal that Simmons signed with the 76ers.

If Morey holds to his word, this means that the only way the Australian cager can move to a new team is after that and when he is 29 years old.

Simmons did fly back to Philadelphia last week, a move that is believed to be purely due to money matters.

But as recent reports suggest, the 6-foot-11 cager has no interest at all to play.

He was even spotted in one of the practices not joining a team huddle and having a mobile phone in his pocket during practices.

The wait will be crucial for Simmons. He has already drawn flak for his shooting and preference not to man up when the game is on the line.

Being held out will prevent him from making the necessary adjustments, not to mention building on his confidence.

Incidentally, Simmons also made headlines when he changed his primary address to Moorestown, New Jersey.

Concurrently, he listed his 10,477-square-foot mansion for $5 million on Tuesday, October 19, roughly hours after he was kicked out of the 76ers practice.

The listing has raised speculations that Simmons may be hinting at a potential move to the Brooklyn Nets.

Veteran sports author Roland Lazenby suggested that Brooklyn seems to be a perfect fit for Simmons.

“If I were with the Nets, I would take that deal in a minute. I would think that one of the places that Ben Simmons could really fit in and help (and you guys will disagree), I think it’s Brooklyn,” Lazenby said when he appeared on the Sports Bytes PH podcast hosted by Brian Yalung with Henry Liao and Aldrin Magnaye.

The 69-year-old journalist explained that enlisting Simmons would also benefit James Harden.

“The Nets, they have firepower. All the other things he brings, you know James Harden suddenly doesn’t have to play point guard all the time,” he stated.




Photo: Getty Images | Mitchell Leff

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