KEY POINTS

  • The Philadelphia 76ers are open to reuniting with Jerami Grant
  • The Sixers are also monitoring the situation of James Harden with the Brooklyn Nets
  • Philly allegedly has over 30 players on its wish list that could initiate the talks for a Ben Simmons trade

The Philadelphia 76ers appear to be on the move to finally resolve their Ben Simmons problem.

Philly knows that the only way to get rid of the dilemma is to trade the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year, and two interesting names have been singled out.

According to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the 76ers are in talks with the Detroit Pistons in a deal that may include their former NBA pick, Jerami Grant.

This would also involve other assets, meaning the Motor City squad would have to include another forward, a young player, and a draft pick.

However, the Sixers are also reportedly exploring a potential deal involving James Harden of the Brooklyn Nets.

James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers James Harden #13 of the Brooklyn Nets drives against Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers Photo: Getty Images | Tim Nwachukwu

The former NBA MVP did not sign a contract extension with the Nets before the October 18 deadline.

Harden has a player option worth $47.4 million for next season.

Also worth noting is the fact that Sixers president Daryl Morey has links with the 32-year-old scoring guard.

Both were previously with the Houston Rockets. Aside from that, this is not the first time that Morey had tried to lure Harden to Philly.

Last season, he tried to pull off something when Harden was still with the Houston Rockets.

Ironically, that attempt also included Simmons together with Matisse Thybulle. Houston ended up moving the nine-time All-Star to the Nets instead.

This update comes not long after The Athletic revealed that the Sixers have a list of 30 NBA players they are interested in to make a Simmons trade happen.

The names of Grant and Harden are the first ones to come out in the open.

Morey made it clear that he will only agree to a Simmons deal if that particular player can have an immediate impact on the Sixers.

Jerami Grant Jayson Tatum Cetics Pistons Jerami Grant #9 of the Detroit Pistons looks to pass against Jayson Tatum #0 of the Boston Celtics during the third quarter at TD Garden on February 12, 2021 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images