gidget24 wrote:Maybe they are just trying to string this along till the off season and then make a run at Harden as a free agent using the Simmons contract as part of a sign and trade with the Nets.
I mean at that point if you are the Nets and Harden is walking you would then take Simmons and maybe a pick or two back if the alternative is nothing. You would then hope that playing with Kyrie and KD would alleviate the pressure on Simmons similar to Wiggins thriving in GSW. You can then rebuild value and maybe trade him for other assets.
If Harden re-signs or goes some where else you can then look at lowering that value on what you want back for Simmons instead of walking into another year like this.
Maybe I am giving the 76ers to much credit.
It's plausible that's their thinking. Of course, what's lost in all this is that they would then likely be wasting another year of Embiid's prime that could very well be short lived due to health reasons. Based on history, Morey sounds like the guy who won't give this kind of thing much thought, which could very well bite him in the ass. He's all about numbers and is also acting out of spite.
And of course, suppose Sixers fail in getting Harden. Then what? Offers for Simmons are not going to get any better the longer this drags on. Quite the opposite could be true and they could very well end up having done all this for nothing.