By Jerry Wein
It is clear that the Sixers will trade crybaby Ben Simmons.
They have to.
And that will be on the plate of Sixers big boss Daryl Morey, who has made a career and his rep by wheeling and dealing.
Morey made 70-plus trades during his 13 seasons as general manager of the Houston Rockets and has already made several deals since joining the Sixers in 2020.
His most noteworthy deal helped shape the modern NBA by snagging James Harden from the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012 for Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and draft picks.
In Houston, Harden became the focal point of an offensive scheme that centered 3-pointers and high-percentage shots like layups and dunks.
Two of Morey’s most memorable other deals involved Chris Paul. Morey landed Paul in Houston in 2017 for a package that sent several players, including Patrick Beverley, Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams to the Clippers. In 2019, Morey acquired Russell Westbrook for Paul and a package of draft picks.