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Thursday’s NBA trade deadline is less than 30 hours away and despite his best efforts, Ben Simmons remains a Sixer.

Will Simmons still be one at 3 p.m. Thursday? It depends on who you listen to. These answers vary from “definitely not” to “probably not” to “well, maybe”.

Ultimately, it will come down to what Brooklyn Nets star James Harden wants. If Harden, who has a $47.4 million player option for next season, doesn’t want to play for the Nets, the team must trade him or get nothing in return. If Harden wants to stay, the Nets would be happy to keep him and continue to build around him and Kevin Durant. But what does Harden want?

David Murphy talks all sides of the situation to try and figure out whether Simmons will be traded for Harden before Thursday’s deadline or not.

There are a number of reasons why it could still go either way.

— Inquire Sports Staff, @phillysport

Could James Harden and Joel Embiid be a 1-2 tandem capable of leading the Sixers to an NBA title? Why or why not? Tell us at [email protected].

Joel Embiid has lost count of the number of teammates he’s played with since joining the 76ers in the 2014 NBA Draft. In fact, only six players — including Embiid and Ben Simmons — remain on the roster. 2019-20 season.

Embiid discussed the business side of the NBA with the trade deadline fast approaching, reports Keith Pompey. “Oh, that’s been crazy,” Embiid said. “I mean, I came [in] my freshman year, I probably had a hundred teammates. They kept coming and going.

With the Sixers and Simmons at the center of this week’s rumors, more changes could be on the way for Embiid, who is obviously immune to any potential trades.

On the court, the Sixers clashed with one of the NBA’s elite teams, the Phoenix Suns, but ultimately fell short in a 114-109 loss. Embiid and Tobias Harris combined for 64 points and 19 rebounds, but Philadelphia native and former Villanova Wildcat Mikal Bridges (23 points) and the Suns had the last laugh.

Following: The Sixers face the Oklahoma City Thunder Friday at 7 p.m. at the Wells Fargo Center (NBCSP).

Flyers fans called on Danny Brière. Now they have it.

The team announced Tuesday that Briere has been hired as an assistant to general manager Chuck Fletcher. The 44-year-old, who had spent the past five years with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL, owned by Comcast Spectacor, had previously played six seasons for the Flyers (2007-13).

Briere, who had 124 goals and 283 points in 364 games with the Flyers, is best known for leading the entire playoffs with 30 points on the Flyers’ road to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2010.

The Flyers could certainly use a player like Brière, since they have almost 0% chance of qualifying for the playoffs. Giana Han takes a look at where the Flyers stand and what’s at stake in the last 37 games.

Following: After more than a week off, the Flyers are back in action Wednesday against the Detroit Red Wings (7 p.m., NBCSP).

Kyle Schwarber checks a lot of boxes for the Phillies, who will be in the market for another bat in the middle of their order. But those selling points also make him a popular target in free agency, especially if the National League adopts the DH. The Inquirer continues its search for power bat series, which began earlier this week with a look at Kris Bryant.

  • Tenacity and tragedy: Penn State guard Sam Sessoms is a Philadelphia tough guy. This tenacity has been instrumental in his success as a basketball player and has also helped him through tragedy this season. Sam’s brother, Sidney, was killed last year by gun violence in Port Richmond. “I always try to play for my brother, but it’s too hard to put all this pressure on yourself,” Sessoms said.

  • Feral cats find a way: Recovering from sprained ankles, Villanova’s Collin Gillespie and Justin Moore both played Tuesday night against St. John’s in New York. Gillespie had 10 rebounds and Moore scored 16 points as the 15th-ranked Wildcats won, 75-69.

  • Record breaker: Graduate transfer pitcher Sade Meeks has appeared in three competitions since transferring to Villanova from Jacksonville University. She broke a record in each of them. Bridget Hyland describes Villanova’s new athletic sensation and details how her early acting experience helped prepare her to perform as an athlete.

  • Different track(s): In 2011, Princeton native Kelly Curtis won the women’s collegiate heptathlon at the Penn Relays. On Thursday, she begins her quest to win a gold medal in skeleton at the Beijing Olympics. Manning Snyder tells the story of Curtis’ journey from the synthetic rubber of a traditional race track to the icy skeleton track.

  • La Salle loses again: La Salle lost for the fifth time in the last seven games. Despite the game’s top two scorers, the Explorers were eliminated, 75-57, by St. Louis. Clifton Moore scored 23 points in a losing effort as the Explorers fell to 7-14 (2-9 A-10).

We asked:SShould Tyrese Maxey be untouchable in any Ben Simmons job?

You replied: “Tyrese Maxey and [Matisse] Thybulle should be untouchable – they are the future with JoJo [Embiid]. — R. Furman

Confident in the Sixers this season? Not as confident as a gambler.

Indeed, on Tuesday, a bettor bet $19,000 at BetMGM on the Sixers to win the NBA championship. At +2000 odds, a winning bet would return $380,000. This person hopes the Sixers make a move for James Harden at the deadline!

We’ve compiled today’s newsletter using reports from: David Murphy, Keith Pompey, Scott Lauber, Giana Han, Mike Jensen, Gus Elvin, Manning Snyder, Jon Marks, Rob Rose and Bridget Hyland.

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