76ers not interested in a Ben Simmons-Kyrie Irving swap
Despite some rumors, the Philadelphia 76ers don’t seem to be interested in Kyrie Irving. According to Sam Amick of The Athletic, the 76ers have no interest in moving Ben Simmons for the controversial Brooklyn Nets star. Today, Simmons returned to the 76ers’ practice facility, but reports still say he wants to be traded.
The Brooklyn Nets recently ruled out Irving indefinitely due to his vaccination status and only being what they consider a part-time player. While they respect his decision, the Nets aren’t interested in only having him around for a portion of their games. There has been no word about any trade involving Irving currently, with the Nets players still appearing to get along with him.
It makes sense why Philadelphia is not interested in doing this deal. Trading Ben Simmons for someone who is dominant but only playing half the season instead of another package is not in the team’s best interest. At the same time, they would also be bettering one of their top rivals in the conference.
Stephen A. Smith reported earlier today that Daryl Morey is monitoring James Harden’s situation in Brooklyn, but a trade there seems highly doubtful. For the 76ers, the next step is getting Ben Simmons back on the court while hoping to increase his trade value.
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