Ben Simmons’ name has been involved in many trade rumors lately, namely in a potential deal involving James Harden.

It was reported this week that the Sixers are finally willing to talk about a potential deal involving their superstar point guard.

It seems like Joel Embiid is just about off-limits in trade talks, but what are the chances that Ben Simmons is actually traded anytime soon?

Zero. The chances that Ben Simmons is traded this year are zero.

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It’s as simple as talent; you do not give up on the ability Ben Simmons has as a 24-year-old. Simmons is in no way a developed player, and nor should he be entering his 4th NBA season, but he has shown enough to show you that he could one day be a top-10, maybe even top-5 player in the NBA with the right development.

There is a ton of speculation that Simmons and Embiid do not fit together and have virtually no shot of winning together, but how can that be said?

The Simmons-Embiid is going into its 4th year and for the first time under a new regime. The Brett Brown system obviously did not work and has led to him losing his job as 76ers head coach. The duo of Simmons and Embiid has come a long way since the start and seems to be growing with each passing year. Who knows what a new coach can bring to Simmons’ game.

To reference how young Ben Simmons is, he is the same age as a lot of the “young stars” around the league. This list includes Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Jaylen Brown.

So why is the city of Philadelphia so ready to give up on a 24-year-old former Rookie of the Year?

Let alone for an expensive and aging James Harden. Would Harden give an immediate upgrade to the Sixers in 2020? I’m not so sure.

The Sixers likely need to have a third star if they plan to compete with the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals or many of the East teams, for that matter.

I’d rather take my chances with Ben Simmons for the next 10 years than James Harden for the next two at a much higher price.

Philadelphia, Ben Simmons is here to stay, and that is a good thing.

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