KEY POINTS

  • The Sixers seem prepared to take less for Ben Simmons as they continue to look for a sensible trade partner
  • Philly president's change of heart comes after Joel Embiid’s sterling performance
  • Simmons is still sitting on pins and needles to determine which team he could end up with

The Philadelphia 76ers have yet to resolve the Ben Simmons situation. 

However, it appears that team president Daryl Morey may consider a trade of lesser value because of Joel Embiid’s stellar performance.

Morey spoke on the 97.5 The Fanatic recently and mentioned Philly could take less of a haul for Simmons since the Cameroon center is playing so well--with the Sacramento Kings reportedly lobbying an offer for the unhappy Sixers star.

“I can tell you that for sure. There are deals with the Sacramento Kings that would work," Morey stated.

Embiid has been great the past games for the Sixers, including a 50-point performance in the team’s 123-110 win over the Orland Magic.

In addition, Embiid is currently averaging 28 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.

The performance has somehow altered the requirement of Morey who previously said he wanted an All-Star caliber player in exchange for Simmons.

According to a report from the Bleacher Report, the Detroit Pistons reportedly dangled a handsome mix of players that included Jerami Grant Saddiq Bey and Kelly Olynyk plus a future pick.

Unless Philly is still hoping for a sudden change of heart on the part of Simmons, Morey may be busy right now taking on calls to try and pull a deal.

In a previous post, it was mentioned how Simmons' misfortunes may change if he was handled by the right coach.

This was the opinion shared by The Basketball League President and former NBA player David Magley when he appeared on the Sports For All PH podcast.

“The right guy will make a big difference for him. But it’s gotta be someone who has a lot of grace and patience. And he’s got to know that they believe in him," Magley stressed.

Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers Photo: Getty Images | Mitchell Leff