By Peter Gleason

The Sixers celebrated Christmas last night with a rousing win at Washington.

But the ongoing real story is the behind-the-scenes movement and buzz about crybaby Ben Simmons.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski joined ESPN’s Christmas Day and pointed to an emerging “team to watch” in the Simmons sweepstakes:

The Cleveland Cavaliers:

“Ben Simmons in Philadelphia, I think you’ll start to see the 76ers re-engage teams. Certainly he is no closer to agreeing to come back to play with the Sixers this season, and they don’t have any real traction on a trade yet. Trade deadline is Feb. 10, and you can expect teams who’ve been engaged with Philly previously – Indiana, Sacramento, Minnesota among them.

“But here’s an interesting team to watch: the Cleveland Cavaliers, who before they went on this really incredible start to the season, had been engaged with Philly on Simmons. They’ve got some really intriguing assets, either in a straight deal or perhaps a three- or four-team deal. It was reported earlier J.B. Bickerstaff agreed to a new extension today through 2026-27. This is a team in Cleveland that’s just a game out of third place.

“Philly’s a team right now, in that bunched up East, who could be out of the play-in with a couple of losses, the way it’s bunched up. So expect Philly to start talking more with teams as we get closer to that Feb. 10 deadline, and it will be interesting to see if Cleveland re-engages as a team that I think’s built for long-term success with all their young players. Ben Simmons is only 25 years old; he does fit into the timeline of that team.”

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