Philadelphia Sixers president Daryl Morey has denied insider Shams Charania’s claim that the club is ready to part ways with defender Ben Simmons.

Charania reported that the Sixers are willing to include Simmons in certain exchange packages for James Harden of the Houston Rockets.

“We’re not changing Ben Simmons. He is an important part of our future ”, – quotes the words of Maury Bleacher Report.

Earlier it was reported that the head coach of “Philadelphia” Doc Rivers is determined to keep Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid in the team. However, this does not mean that they will eventually not be involved in the possible exchange of James Harden from the Houston Rockets. The Sixers management will make a decision after the first games of the season. If the Simmons-Embiid duo fail at Rivers, either of the two could be traded.

Charles Barkley: Kyrie Irving wants to tell everyone that he is the smartest. No it is not

Hall of Famer, 11-time All-Star and two-time Olympic champion in the US team Charles Barkley criticized the behavior of Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving, who got into a scandalous story for his refusal to communicate with the media.

“When Kairi speaks, I immediately think, ‘What the hell is he trying to say?’ Irving mentions artists. But he’s a basketball player. Basketball player! Look, we’re not lifeguards. Not teachers. Hey boy, bang the ball, stop acting like you’re smarter than anyone else in the world. Can you talk about social justice and things like that? Of course. But some other statements … Do you realize that you are just a basketball player?

One gets the feeling that he wants to tell everyone: “No, I’m the smartest here.” But this is not the case. You spent six months at the university. There are a lot of guys smarter than you. Just answer the basketball questions. And if you want to talk about social justice, talk about it, because it is an important topic. All the rest? Shut up and play basketball, ”Barkley told ESPN.

We will remind, Irving refused to participate in the preseason media week. The NBA fined Kyrie. The basketball player was ordered to pay $ 25 thousand. After that, he said: “I do not communicate with pawns. My attention is worth more. ” Irving then tried to soften the situation. He nevertheless spoke with reporters, stating that he “did not contact anyone in particular.”