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NBA World Reacts To Monday's Ben Simmons News

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons on the court.

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JUNE 14: Ben Simmons #25 of the Philadelphia 76ers reacts towards Joel Embiid #21 during the second half of game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Atlanta Hawks at State Farm Arena on June 14, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

At this point, it doesn't sound like Philadelphia 76ers star point guard Ben Simmons will be traded ahead of the NBA's deadline.

Simmons, a former No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick, has been sitting out this season, wanting a trade out of Philadelphia. However, the Sixers are holding firm on their asking price for Simmons, so no trade has happened.

With the NBA's Feb. 10 trade deadline a couple of weeks away, here's where things stand with a Simmons trade, per The Athletic's Shams Charania.

"76ers prefer to wait to pursue James Harden or another superstar in offseason and want to save Ben Simmons for that potential deal over current market, per sources with knowledge and rival teams," he reports.

https://twitter.com/shamscharania/status/1485622208793911296?s=21

If the Sixers are hoping for a James Harden-level player in return for Simmons, they're going to be waiting a while.

"In that case, can we just cease all Ben Simmons discussion? It is beyond tiring at this point," one fan tweeted.

"I was for Morey not trading him at all but if he was just doing it for a year than it was just a waste, trade now or don’t trade at all," another fan added.

"One thing is clear: Harden could stay with Nets, but it’s not locked in. He is considering leaving. It was locked in in August - concerning that he decided to stay then opened door to leave," another fan pointed out.

Both the Nets and the Sixers are contenders in the Eastern Conference. It will be interesting to see what happens at the deadline.