Despite his return to Philadelphia, Ben Simmons is still in the trade block, as nine NBA teams are engaged in trade talks with the Philadelphia 76ers, per Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report.
After not reporting to the start of training camp due to his trade demand, Simmons is poised to rejoin the Sixers this week, after remaining away from the team for more than a month.
“Philadelphia’s most recent list of interested front offices, to varying degrees, still stands at nine known teams, sources said. In alphabetical order: Cleveland, Detroit, Houston, Indiana, Minnesota, Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio and Toronto have all remained engaged with Philadelphia.”
The demand for the three-time All-Star will be significantly increased during December when several players will be eligible for a trade.
“A far larger pool of players also become trade-eligible on Dec. 15, then incorporating most of the newly-signed players from this past offseason.
It seems the chances of any Simmons trade, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, will grow significantly in late December than anytime soon, barring any change in a rival team’s circumstances,” Fischer wrote.
The next question in Simmons’ return to Philadelphia this week is whether he will actually return to game action. For now, the situation remains unclear.