When it was first reported that Ben Simmons no longer wanted to play in Philadelphia, fans and the media immediately rushed to create dream trading scenarios for the 76ers. Even considering Simmons’ terrible performance in the most recent postseason, the three-time All-Star still had some trade value to offer. When it became known what Morey was trying to acquire in exchange for Simmons, the tone of the people changed.
They wanted a star to replace Simmons and FOUR first round draft picks† That’s crazy talk. Daryl Morey, president of 76ers Basketball Operations, could end up in Shutter Island 2 if he continues those negotiations.
As the Simmons rumors went from days to weeks to months, the conversation started to fade. With Simmons threatening to sit out all season, fans are, including myself, began begging Morey to trade Simmons for something. Something! In any case, get some value out of your star point guard. If you keep asking for a ridiculous refund, you’ll come away empty-handed!
Slap me because Morey had a plan all along. On yesterday’s trading deadline, the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets pulled out a blockbuster that would send Simmons to the Nets, as well as Andre Drummond and Seth Curry, in exchange for former MVP James Harden. I think we should have trusted the process. *buh stupid tss*
Morey trusted his gut. He believed Ben Simmons could be a crucial part of a trade that made the 76ers title contenders, and through George, he didn’t just do it, he 720° McTwist back flip stole that shit! My God!
I think this is why none of us work in the front office of NBA teams. I, and many other NBA fans, I imagine, would have freaked out at the prospect of sitting out Simmons all season. He didn’t work on his shot. He didn’t help the team, and even without him, the 76ers were still in the running for the top spots in the Eastern Conference.
At first glance, it looked like its trading value took a bigger plunge than an ice cream cone at Dairy Queen. Simmons was sell his house in the Philadelphia area. It was clear he had no intention of ever returning to the team. So, for example, if the Orlando Magic knocked on my door and offered me Mo Bamba and some warm gummy bears for Simmons, I’d gladly accept it with a smile on my face.
But knowing what we know now, that smile has turned into an egg on my face. Daryl Morey, you just gave a masterclass in ‘Waiting for the Right Moment 101’ and I will never doubt your decisions again, no matter how crazy they seem at any given moment.