The saga engulfing Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers continues to make headlines across the sports world. But interestingly enough, the Simmons story has collided with a previous report regarding Kyrie Irving.
Irving reportedly expressed to his team that he'd retire if ever traded from the Brooklyn Nets to depress any conversations about dealing him to another team. That report hit the news cycle when a trade scenario involving him and Ben Simmons began to circulate. But Stephen A. Smith went on First Take on Thursday and explained why a deal between Irving and Simmons would be D.O.A.
“Kyrie (Irving) could have ended up in Philly. Sean Marks couldn’t do that because KD wasn’t having it. KD wasn’t having it. KD is like, ‘Kyrie ain’t going no damn place,'” said Smith.
To be clear, a deal hasn't been attempted. However, Smith noted, “If it were not for Kevin Durant, the Brooklyn Nets would be interested in making that deal because let’s call it what it is — If Ben Simmons was in Brooklyn with KD and James Harden, it’s a wrap. It’s a wrap. They’re winning the chip.”