Charles Barkley, Austin Rivers talk Ben Simmons future with the 76ers and what needs to happen before the trade deadline
Charles Barkley was stopped by TMZ reporters at LAX and shared his thoughts about Ben Simmons.
TMZ asked Barkley if he agreed with Austin Rivers, who told TMZ before that he thought Simmons’ career playing for the 76ers was over.
Austin Rivers on Ben Simmons
Charles Barkley definitely agreed with Austin Rivers stating that Simmons would never play another game in Philadelphia and that the fans won’t forgive him.
Nailed it, Chuck. I think both of those statements are obviously true. Barkley continued by saying that the Sixers need to make a move before the NBA Trade Deadline on February 10th and added that the team is wasting Joel Embiid’s talents.
Charles Barkley on Ben Simmons
Barkley, who played eight seasons in Philadelphia, stated that he knows Philly fans very well, which is obviously true and even added that he thought his name was “Charles Barkley Son of a Bitch” during his time in Philly.
Chuck wrapped up the quick interview by saying that the 76ers need to hop on the phone and call the Celtics, Rockets, or Kings to get a deal done before the deadline.
Obviously what Charles Barkley was saying in the video is true. Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers are beyond any type of resolution. However, I also don’t want to move Simmons for anything less than equal value in return.
There are some trade rumors out there that could work, but if Morey wants to punt until the offseason and look at All-Star free agents (James Harden) then I’m totally fine with that too. Plus, we still don’t know if Ben Simmons even wants to play basketball. After all, there were reports last week that he was “open” to sitting out the entire 2021-22 season.
As for the Philadelphia 76ers, they sit in sixth place in the Eastern Conference and have won eight out of their last 10 games. Joel Embiid is absolutely dominating and said last week there’s no need to make any urgent moves with how the team is constructed.
Like always, we’ll just have to wait and see.
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