Rockets among teams engaged with 76ers on Ben Simmons trade

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The Houston Rockets are among nine NBA franchises that remain engaged in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers for disgruntled star Ben Simmons, according to Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.

After not reporting to the start of training camp due to his trade demand, Simmons is poised to rejoin the Sixers this week. However, the motives for that decision appear to be financial, with the 25-year-old not keen on missing any further contract payments. Ultimately, Simmons still wants to be moved, and it appears that talks will linger into the 2021-22 season.

As it pertains to the Rockets, Fischer reports:

Philadelphia’s most recent list of interested front offices, to varying degrees, still stands at nine known teams, sources said. In alphabetical order: Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, Minnesota, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have all remained engaged with Philadelphia.

The Rockets famously passed on the opportunity to acquire Simmons when they traded James Harden to Brooklyn in January. However, it’s conceivable that Houston general manager Rafael Stone might be interested in a lower price point. The question is whether Daryl Morey — once Stone’s boss with the Rockets, and now the president of basketball operations in Philadelphia — will come down on his asking price.

Per Fischer, here’s what Morey is believed to be seeking in a trade:

Philadelphia’s loftier sights remain set on Damian Lillard and Bradley Beal possibly growing dissatisfied in Portland and Washington, respectively, sources said. A far larger pool of players also become trade-eligible on Dec. 15, then incorporating most of the newly-signed players from this past offseason. It seems the chances of any Simmons trade, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, will grow significantly larger in late December than anytime soon, barring any change in a rival team’s circumstances.

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