Daryl Morey hoping to trade Ben Simmons for James Harden?

Daryl Morey hoping to trade Ben Simmons for James Harden?

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Daryl Morey hoping to trade Ben Simmons for James Harden?

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Marc Stein on Ben Simmons: When I talk to executives with other teams, it just comes up so much so often, that these rival executives think that Daryl’s real goal here is to wait till the offseason and try to do a sign and trade for James Harden. Now, that would be super complicated, because it would hard cap the Sixers and they would definitely have to shed much more salary. Much more salary than just Ben here. So the mathematics of a Harden sign and trade, even if Harden is like ‘I want to go to Philly’, even if that happened, that would be difficult.
Source: Marc Stein @ marcstein.substack.com

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden on his dunk over #Spurs center Jakob Poeltl: “I feel like I’m in rookie again. Nah, I just I feel good all game, and just aggressive and taking whatever the defense gave. I struggled last game and I wanted to get back and play better.” #Nets #NBA12:00 AM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
James Harden on whether that 4th quarter was a breakthrough for Kyrie Irving: “For sure. For sure, it was a breakthrough. He’s capable of doing that, man, at any moment, at any point in the game. And that’s one of the reasons we need him every single game.” #nets #NBa #Spurs11:49 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“Fo sho, it was a break through. He’s capable of doing that man at any moment, at any point of the game, and that’s one of the reasons why we need him every single game because he’s able to do that, especially everything thing that’s going on with our team.”
-James Harden – 11:48 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“…And then James kinda yelled at me, it’s not a negative yell, but he yelled at me he’s like ‘Ky, get the f–n ball!”
-Kyrie Irving imitates James Harden’s version of on court leadership. pic.twitter.com/MO5XxbzXCA11:46 PM

Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Pop: “The effort was great. I thought we did a lot of good things defensively, but those two guys (Harden and Irving) are future hall of famers, and they had their way.” – 11:26 PM
Dave Early @DavidEarly
“It was better than my video, I’ll tell you that.”
James Harden on the Mills-Aldridge tribute video in San Antonio. – 11:09 PM
Mike Finger @mikefinger
James Harden, on the tribute SA gave Mills and Aldridge before the game:
“It was better than my video.” – 11:06 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden asked about the Mills/LA tribute video: “It was better than my video.” – 11:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
James Harden asked about his dunk on Poeltl: “Feel like a rookie again.” Adds his teammates don’t think he can dunk anymore. – 11:03 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
“We missed 34 chippies in the paint. You’ve got to keep scoring against those guys. We shot 27% from three. The effort was great. Those two guys are future Hall of famers and they had their way.” – Coach Pop on the offense struggling, as well as Harden & Kyrie leading BKN – 10:55 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
James Harden tonight:
37 PTS
10 REB
11 AST
13-24 FG
4-8 3P
It’s his 8th 30-point triple-double with the Nets, already by far the most in franchise history. The next player (Jason Kidd) has 3. pic.twitter.com/HSmggkVlm510:51 PM

Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Final: Nets beat the Spurs 117-102. This is how it’s supposed to look. Brooklyn beats a non-playoff team without too much of a scare. Kyrie Irving and James Harden were brilliant, LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills gave you the feels and Bruce Brown shined. On to Minnesota. – 10:49 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Harden has his triple-double…and the foul. – 10:39 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Kyrie Irving and James Harden have been brilliant tonight. – 10:35 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
End of the third quarter: Nets lead the Spurs 79-74. Brooklyn has turned into Dunk City. Bruce Brown with a poster to beat the buzzer 40 seconds after Aldridge added one of his own. Harden put on a clinic that quarter and is on the verge of another triple-double. – 10:17 PM
Paul Garcia @PaulGarciaNBA
Derrick White checks back into the game after taking an elbow to the face from Harden in mid-air earlier. – 10:11 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Springy Harden is the best Harden. – 10:08 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
7.5/10 on the Harden “poster”
10/10 on the and-one layup – 10:06 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
If you didn’t just see James Harden punch one over Jakob Poeltl … wow. You will soon. – 10:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Need a replay of that Harden baptism. – 10:04 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
White leaves the court holding his nose. He took an inadvertent elbow from James Harden on that drive. #Nets #Spurs10:03 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
Harden is grabbing his elbow, that’s how hard he connected with D White’s nose. – 10:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Derrick White is down on the floor after he took a shot from Harden. – 10:02 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Halftime: Spurs lead the Nets 51-50. Brooklyn has gotten good minutes from Aldridge and Griffin so far to help Irving and Harden score. Spurs don’t go away and have answered every run. Nets once again with some non-shooter heavy lineups that make it tough to score. – 9:37 PM
Tom Moore @TomMoorePhilly
#NBA column: What happens with Ben Simmons trade could define Daryl Morey’s tenure with the #Sixers: https://t.co/YN8TCMzAzq #76ers pic.twitter.com/hZ804evC7H9:27 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Mail Satchel: Circling back on Ben Simmons trade rumor, Cade Cunningham no back-to-backs and the Pistons’ young backcourt: detroitnews.com/story/sports/n…9:23 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Harden turns down open 3, turns ball over trying to thread needle to Sharpe, Spurs score in transition. Harden needs to convert at a higher percentage on spot-up 3s. – 8:53 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Great look by James Harden. That Sharpe dunk has #Nets up 14-5 on the #Spurs just 3:30 in. – 8:48 PM
Tom Orsborn @tom_orsborn
And, just like that, it’s time to get down to business….fans shower Irving and Harden with boos during player introductions. – 8:39 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Harden, Irving, Mills, Edwards and Sharpe will start for Brooklyn. Edwards and Sharpe are starting their 6th straight game together, the most consecutive starts for a pair of #Nets rookies since Ryan Anderson and Brook Lopez (19 straight in 2008-09). – 8:05 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Nets starters in San Antonio: Harden, Irving, Mills, Edwards and Sharpe.
Edwards and Sharpe will start their sixth straight game together, marking the most consecutive starts for a pair of Nets rookies since Ryan Anderson and Brook Lopez (19 straight – 2008-09). – 8:01 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Nets are starting James Harden, Kyrie Irving, Patty Mills, Day’Ron Sharpe and Kessler Edwards tonight against the Spurs. – 8:01 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Giving up assets to trade away Russell Westbrook for John Wall sounds as ridiculous as giving up assets to trade away Shai Gilgeous-Alexander for Ben Simmons.
And yet somehow both those ideas have been floated today. – 6:39 PM
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Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Counter-report: 76ers still fining Ben Simmons for missed games, just not small violations nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/21/cou…5:32 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Perk Calls Out KD & Harden + Can The Lakers Turn Their Season Around? | Bob Ryan and Jeff Goodman Podcast w/ @Gary Tanguay twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…5:00 PM
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#TheMismatch with @Chris Vernon and @Kevin O’Connor: open.spotify.com/episode/01i06V…4:22 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
PBT Podcast: Ben Simmons trade parameters nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/21/pbt…3:31 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1997, the @Golden State Warriors Latrell Sprewell stuffed the stat sheet in a win over the Mavericks:
✅ 46 PTS
✅ 6 REB
✅ 10 AST
✅ 5 STL
He and James Harden are the only players to record at least 45p/5r/10a/5s in a game since the NBA started tracking steals in 1973-74. pic.twitter.com/JOMWcg1kZm1:01 PM

Chris Kirschner @ChrisKirschner
For part 2 of @Sam Vecenie’s and my conversation on the Hawks, we both explain why we’re high on the Ben Simmons fit — Sam had a ton of great points — and we also discuss other potential trade targets.
Sam’s analysis is excellent. Subscribe below ⬇️
theathletic.com/3083129/2022/0…12:03 PM
Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Michele Roberts: Rumor is promise was made about trading Ben Simmons, hasn’t been kept nba.nbcsports.com/2022/01/21/mic…11:31 AM
Derek Bodner @DerekBodnerNBA
Seth Curry is questionable for tonight’s game against the Clippers with left ankle soreness. Danny Green (hip), Shake Milton (back), Matisse Thybulle (shoulder) and Ben Simmons (personal reasons) remain out.
Paul Reed and Jaden Springer are on assignment in the G-League. – 8:38 AM
Sam Vecenie @Sam_Vecenie
Also for today, another story on the Hawks with @Chris Kirschner, including a bit of a deep dive on why I’m more bullish on Atlanta legitimately exploring a Ben Simmons deal if the price is right.
theathletic.com/3083129/2022/0…7:39 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
‘Dissecting Philadelphia 76ers president Daryl Morey’s comments on Ben Simmons and which young players are untouchable’ by Locked On 76ers – Daily Podcast On The Philadelphia Sixers megaphone.link/LKN6821217861 #Sixers #NBA #NBA75 – 5:05 AM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Daryl Morey said the Sixers are ‘less likely than likely’ to move Ben Simmons before the trade deadline inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-b… via @phillyinquirer – 4:41 AM
David Hardisty @clutchfans
The Rockets never had to do a true rebuild like this in the Daryl Morey Era, but without the James Harden trade just days before the 2012 season tip-off, they were fully planning to start one. pic.twitter.com/uPFbqgIkNh10:58 PM

Frank Isola @TheFrankIsola
Instead of trying to upgrade the last two spots on the bench the Knicks should be the market for Ben Simmons. – 9:29 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
Daryl Morey believes the #Sixers are “less likely than likely” to move Ben Simmons before the trade deadline inquirer.com/sixers/76ers-b… via @phillyinquirer – 6:55 PM

More on this storyline

There has been a lot of talks recently about Simmons and the Kings, specifically when it comes to De’Aaron Fox, but there is no guarantee that a deal gets done despite Morey’s connection with Kings GM Monte McNair. Morey on that situation: I can tell you that for sure, there are deals with the Sacramento Kings that I think would work. Will those deals ever happen? I have no idea. Are there just trade deals with the Kings? Probably not. Is it multiple teams? Probably, but for sure there are deals that are possible that would go over our line. -via Sixers Wire / January 20, 2022
Daryl Morey: The one thing we’re in agreement on is we would like a win-win trade. A trade that helps the 76ers, it’s most likely going to help Ben in his mind and what his goals are and we’d like to accomplish that by by the February 10 deadline. If we don’t, then I think this foundation that we’ve established, we’ll see if that can help us work through things if there isn’t a trade. Trades are hard to do. It takes two, right? That’s again why I feel the fans frustration like just get a deal done. -via Sixers Wire / January 20, 2022
Daryl Morey: I do think with how great Joel is, our line has moved down a little bit because Joel has lifted us into contention by his sheer will of greatness this year, that does push the number of deals that we would do more likely, if that makes any sense. It’s more likely than we can find ones that get us into that top few contention because of our great Joel is playing. So we are sitting right now on a better chance of a trade that actually helps Joel and the Sixers and Tobias and our whole team. There’s a better chance that happens because of how great Joel has been. -via Sixers Wire / January 20, 2022

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