Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
In his first game after ultimately not being included in a trade for James Harden, All-Star Ben Simmons had a triple-double — 10 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists — in 34 minutes Thursday to lead the 76ers to a 125-108 victory over the Miami Heat in Philadelphia. Afterward, he called trade talks just part of life as an NBA player. “I mean, this a business,” Simmons said, when asked if he was happy the Harden discussions are behind him after the 2018 NBA MVP was traded to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that was made official Thursday. “Things like that happen. Only thing I can control is, you know, how I approach my workouts, the games and my day-to-day thing. So, you know, I’m just trying to be professional and to do the right thing and help my team get wins.”
When asked if he was happy to still be in Philadelphia, Simmons added, “Of course.” Earlier, Sixers coach Doc Rivers had lauded Simmons’ defensive effort on a night he also had three steals in addition to his triple-double.
Derek Bodner: Final: 125-108 #sixers win. Big night for the young guards, with Shake Milton (31 off the bench), Tyrese Maxey (15 on 6-10 shooting) and Isaiah Joe (12 on 4-8 from 3) playing key roles. Sixers next play Saturday at Memphis (5-6).
Noah Levick: “As long as I’m here, I’m going to try to make Ben (Simmons) a better player. To me, that’s the most important part of the relationship.” -Doc Rivers Rivers reiterates that trade discussions are part of business of the NBA.