By Jerry Wein

The Sixers start training camp three weeks from today, and Ben Simmons says he won’t be there because he wants to take his ball and go home.

In other words, trade me.

Which would have been music to the ears of Sixers big boss Daryl Morey, except for the fact that Simmons sucked in the playoffs in June and his value is lower than whale shit.

And as the Washington Post points out, Morey has been in this spot before:

Daryl Morey knows a thing or two about disgruntled stars wanting out.

Before he arrived in Philadelphia last season to lead the 76ers as president of basketball operations, Morey built the Houston Rockets into a perennial contender by pouncing when top talent sought a change of scenery. James Harden wanted to be a franchise player rather than the Oklahoma City Thunder’s sixth man; Morey executed a reputation-making blockbuster in 2012.

Dwight Howard couldn’t make it work with Kobe Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers; Morey rolled out the red carpet in 2013 free agency. Chris Paul reached the conclusion that the “Lob City” Los Angeles Clippers had run their course; Morey worked another mega-trade in 2017.

Now it appears the shoe is on the other foot. Instead of operating patiently and from a position of strength as he did so often in Houston, Morey has found himself with little time or wiggle room as the Ben Simmons saga drags into September.

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