Doc Rivers Called Ben Simmons To Quiet James Harden Trade Rumors

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The Philadelphia 76ers are in damage control. Head coach Doc Rivers said the team has been in contact with Ben Simmons to quiet the James Harden trade rumors. Unfortunately for the Sixers, general manager Daryl Morey has a history of lying to the press and it probably will cost them their relationship with Ben Simmons.

“rumors are not coming from Philly’s end,” Rivers said.

Blasphemy. Of course the rumors came from Philly’s end. To be exact, both teams have likely had preliminary talks to figure out what it’s going to take to make a deal work. There’ nothing wrong with Morey taking phone calls to see if landing MVP James Harden was a possibility, but don’t deny it. Daryl Morey, Doc Rivers, and the entire 76ers organization now look disingenuous.

From Ben Simmons perspective, he probably thinks the team floated his name and the Rockets said no. That’s exactly why Kyrie Irving demanded a trade out of Cleveland. The Cavs threw Irving’s name on the trade block to land Paul George and everything said after that was damage control. It didn’t work, so don’t expect the lip service to be effective now with Simmons.

Philadelphia still could land James Harden. With Harden becoming more agitated by the second, Houston might finally say ‘yes’ to Ben Simmons if it’s the best they can do.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. The Sixers ownership group is a mess. They are made up of several really nerdy hedge fund managers who fraternize with the players. They think hanging out with black professional basketball players will make them something they have never, or ever will be, and that’s cool guys. The one jerkoff owner (I think his name is Rubin) flew Meek Mill away from prison after his release was granted. The players have no respect for the owners and, basically, laugh at them. Add a slack disciplinarian like Brett Brown to that mix and you had an underachieving team.

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