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Sixers coach Doc Rivers explains why NBA trade rumors from the past are not complicated for players if compared to the present

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As trade talks continue to buzz within the league’s landscape, the Philadelphia 76ers head coach Doc Rivers provided enticing words. 

For someone like him who managed to play and experience the culture of the game in a different way from the past, he can surely differentiate how it feels now as a coach. 

Rivers claimed on Wednesday that during his playing days, concerns about trade talks weren’t that complicated on the side of every NBA player, partly because of the absence of the new media. As such, he further believes that today’s cagers are dealing with a much tougher situation regarding the said matter. 

“It was easier for us,” Rivers said, via Aaron Bracy of the Associated Press. “There was no Internet, no Twitter, Instagram. You found out about trades when the GM called you to the office, for the most part. It’s so much tougher, I think, on guys now.”

All throughout the bitter end of the Sixers’ promising program last season, Ben Simmons is a huge subject of discussion within the internet basketball circle upon expressing his intentions to leave the City of Brotherly Love. 

Recently, the Sixers’ disgruntled star was rumored willing to sit down for the remainder of the season if he won’t be shipped away until the trade deadline. There were also reports that the Sacramento Kings have tried to snag the Australian point forward in a package with Tobias Harris and Matisse Thybulle, wherein the Kings offered Tyrese Haliburton, Buddy Hield, Harrison Barnes, and two first-rounders – in which Philly turned down. 

“I trust what we’re doing (with Ben Simmons),” Rivers told Tom Moore of Bucks County Courier Times. “For the most part, I stay out of it.” 

As the season progresses and the need to fill the right-hand man void of franchise cornerstone Joel Embiid continues to increase, the Sixers will certainly engage as much as they can to stay afloat on the competitive Eastern Conference ladder. 

With the complex circumstances already existing on both sides, the saga and drama surrounding Simmons will just surely expand not only across the NBA circle but also in the internet world. 

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