Says The Ringer:
For several hours last Wednesday, the Sixers seemed certain to land James Harden, with just some dotting of the i’s and crossing of the t’s and withholding of the Maxeys to be completed.
But the Rockets chose Door no. 2 and sent Harden to Brooklyn.
Now Sixers shot-callers Daryl Morey and Elton Brand will have to plot a course forward. The question is: Did they dangle Ben Simmons so far out in the trade waters that there’s no reeling him back in?
This goes one of two ways.
Either Philly does some serious damage control, decries the trade talk as gossip, and states that “Ben is our guy,” and then Simmons actually believes it.
Or they go out and trade Simmons for someone like Bradley Beal.
This is the downside of going to the casino with Dealer Daryl: Y
ou can check out, but you can never leave.