Daryl Morey Says Ben Simmons Trade Is ‘Less Than Likely’

However, Morey said Joel Embiid’s recent play has shifted the chances of a Simmons deal a bit.

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1/21/2022 2:05:00 AM

Trading Ben Simmons , even if playing for Philly remains out of the question for him, in order for a slight improvement isn’t good enough for Daryl Morey

However, Morey said Joel Embiid ’s recent play has shifted the chances of a Simmons deal a bit.

, in order for a slight improvement isn’t good enough for Morey.“It really is important that the player we add to Joel, if we really want to take our odds from wherever we’re at right now, to something materially higher, it has to come back in an impact player,” Morey said. “If you trade one of these great players for multiple, it does not move your championship odds enough to make a difference. It might take us from where we’re at now to a little bit better, but it’s very slightly better, and we want to—for Joel—we have to make sure we get this right and we move ourselves to a higher tier of ability to win a championship...

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even if playing for Philadelphia remains out of the question for him , in order for a slight improvement isn’t good enough for Morey. “It really is important that the player we add to Joel, if we really want to take our odds from wherever we’re at right now, to something materially higher, it has to come back in an impact player,” Morey said. “If you trade one of these great players for multiple, it does not move your championship odds enough to make a difference. It might take us from where we’re at now to a little bit better, but it’s very slightly better, and we want to—for Joel—we have to make sure we get this right and we move ourselves to a higher tier of ability to win a championship... “We are looking for a deal that makes us a championship contender, in the top two or three in the league of winning a title. Those are the teams that win. If we do a deal that takes us from the eighth-best chance to win the championship to seventh, you’re looking at half a percent better. And everyone feels better because Ben Simmons, who people want gone, people will feel better that that name is no longer there, but our odds haven’t changed much at all, and now we’ve not just burned away this season, we’ve burned away our future as well.” Interestingly, he does think Embiid’s current play has opened up more possibilities, including the level of player that the team could entertain as return in a Simmons deal. “We absolutely need to get an impact player, but there’s an impact player has to be top 30 in the league. Because Joel’s playing amazing, and has lifted us into probably 5%-plus title odds just on his play, now we might be able to do it with a top-40 player who’s a great fit,” Morey said. “It opens up possibilities. Or we could do a trade, it helps the team, it’s a better fit, and maybe our future opportunities are open because we get some draft picks as part of it. So it helps our odds enough this year and we have a draft pick or young player who can help us into the future.” SI Recommends