Ben Simmons Happy to Remain in Philly
Ben Simmons is still a member of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Reportsd surfaced on Wednesday that the team was set to include Simmons as part of a deal that would bring James Harden to Philly in exchange for a package that would have included Simmons.
However, Harden landed in Brooklyn and Simmons remains in Philadelphia.
"This is a business, things like that happen, " Simmons acknowledged after the Sixers win against the Heat on Thursday night. Only thing I can control is how I approach my workouts, the games and my day-to-days things. I'm just trying to be a professional, do the right thing and help my team get wins."
Fans excitement grew when rumors of the trade escalated, following a subpar performance from Simmons on Tuesday night, which saw him attempt just two field goals, finishing with five points, six rebounds, 12 assists and two steals in 32 minutes.
"I'm blessed, I get to play the game I love, everyday at the highest level," Simmons said. There are far worse things going on in the world."
Simmons responded on Thursday with his 30th career triple-double, finishing with 10 points, 12 assists, 10 rebounds, three steals.
It was reported that Simmons was “pretty ecstatic” that he wasn’t traded to Houston, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. When asked on Thursday night f he was happy to have remained in Philly, Simmons said 'of course' with a laugh.
The trade season isn't done, in fact its barely underway, if Simmons wants to keep his name out of the trade rumors and remain in Philadelphia, he needs to avoid more games like he had on Tuesday night.
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