By Jerry Wein
Rumors about where the Sixers will unload crybaby Ben Simmons are like traffic on the Schuylkill Expressway:
You can’t avoid them even if you try.
And on a new episode of The Hoop Collective podcast on Friday, ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst added to the traffic:
“There’ve been a number of rumors that’ve gone around the league in the last few weeks about Ben Simmons trades involving the Morey quadrangular. The Morey quadrangular would be the Philadelphia 76ers, Daryl Morey, general manager, president, whatever his title is; Minnesota Timberwolves, who are run now by Sachin Gupta, who worked for Daryl Morey; the Kings, who are run by Monte McNair, who worked for Daryl Morey; and the Rockets, who are run by Rafael Stone – while there’s some scar tissue there – who worked for Daryl Morey.
“I am not going to tell you some of these preposterous scenarios that have been floated to me, but let’s just say there’s been a lot of discussion.
“As you look at it, the Timberwolves really would like to get Ben Simmons. That is not a secret, that is not new […] The Kings are really struggling and really want to be competitive, they’ve already fired Luke Walton, and they have surplus perimeter players. It’s not news that Buddy Hield is available.
“And then of course you’ve got the Rockets […] Eric Gordon is playing better.
“I’ve had executives tell me that when Ben Simmons is traded, it will include one or more of the quadrangular. Not necessarily that that’s where Ben Simmons would go, but that they would be involved in the trade. Because a Ben Simmons trade is likely to wind up being a multi-team deal.”