The 76ers and the representatives for All-Star guard/forward Ben Simmons have been working on a resolution that will result in Simmons reporting to the team, according to reports from Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN and Shams Charania of The Athletic.
While the 76ers are still seeking a Simmons trade, they have been unable to find a suitable return, and therefore are open to keeping him for the long-term and hope Simmons would be agreeable, Wojnarowski reported.
“The Sixers have canvassed the league throughout the offseason for trades, but have been unable to find a deal that would bring them back the kind of comparable star they’d want to continue to build a championship contender around All-NBA center Joel Embiid, sources said,” Wojnarowski wrote.
Meanwhile, Charania reported that the 76ers and agent Rich Paul “have been working around the clock over the last few days on a resolution” that will return Simmons to the fold.
Charania added that Simmons could report as soon as this week.
Trade rumors have swirled around Simmons and the 76ers since the end of last season, with Simmons reportedly telling the team he intended to hold out until a deal is reached.
But Sixers chief of basketball operations Daryl Morey and coach Doc Rivers have said they’ve always been open to keeping Simmons with the team, per reports.
Simmons, 25, has been linked to multiple teams, including the Cavaliers, Kings, Timberwolves, Raptors, Pistons, Pacers and Trail Blazers.
He has four years and $147 million left on his contract. He was selected by Philadelphia with the No. 1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft and has been there ever since.