When the Philadelphia 76ers has made it clear that Ben Simmons is available for a trade this offseason, Sixers president Daryl Morey has been reported to have set his asking price high. Some have mentioned that Morey is looking for some James Harden-style booty in exchange for 25-year-old All-Star Ben Simmons.
So far, no investigative team has responded to Morey’s requests. And because of that, Simmons remains a member of the 76ers. With training camp just over a week away, it looks like Simmons won’t be moved until the preseason approaches.
But just because he’ll be on the Sixers roster when camp arrives doesn’t mean the All-Star Guardian plans to show up for the offseason activities. At this point, it’s obvious that Simmons will be holding training camp this year.
How long will its resistance last? Well, former NBA veteran Kendrick Perkins thinks that, like James Harden did last season, Simmons will eventually have to show up to the Sixers’ training facility in Camden, New Jersey, to train. with the 76ers.
“Look, if James Harden was to start the season in a Rockets uniform, I don’t know what makes Ben Simmons think he’s going to have something different,” former NBA center Kendrick Perkins said. “Its commercial value is not there.”
Last offseason, James Harden made it clear to the Houston Rockets that he would like to be traded. At first, the Rockets had only planned to make it work with Harden. Although the former MVP missed the start of training camp, he eventually showed up and played in a handful of games with the Rockets.
Although the situation eventually got too toxic to the point where the Rockets had no choice but to swap Harden for the Brooklyn Nets, the star guard still didn’t get out of Houston when he initially wanted to, proving Perkins’ view that Simmons will more than likely land in a similar scenario.
“When you hear the 76ers organization come out and say, ‘Hey, we’re not trading Ben. We’re going to keep it on the list until we find something that also benefits us. “It means they’re ready to wait,” Perkins continued. “I think he’ll be with the Philadelphia 76ers on opening night.”
With training camp quickly approaching, the Sixers “remain committed” to seeing Simmons show up in Philly soon. Until the Sixers fail to land an All-Star-caliber player or a total of valuable picks and young players in exchange for Simmons, the veteran point guard doesn’t seem to be budging any time soon.
Justin Grasso covers the Philadelphia 76ers for Sports Illustrated. You can follow him for live updates on Twitter: @JGrasso_.