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5 trade deadline predictions for the Mavericks

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Trade deadline prediction for the Dallas Mavericks: 3. Simmons stays in Philly

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey has made it clear that he is no rush to trade Ben Simmons, despite the three-time All-Star's continued holdout. Philadelphia has no need to trade him before Feb. 10 as Simmons has three more years left on his contract.

The Sixers believe Simmons is the key to trading for another star player when that person becomes available. Be it Bradley Beal, Damian Lillard, James Harden, or someone else, star players demand trades in the NBA, and Philly does not want to miss their chance to pair Joel Embidd with another superstar.

It is a bold strategy. Will the opposing team be willing to trade for Simmons after not seeing him play in over a year? The 25-year-old point forward is a unique talent and one of the top perimeter defenders in the league. Hopefully, he is traded before Feb. 10 and gets back on the court.

Do not expect it, though. Ben Simmons is likely to still be in Philadelphia on Feb. 11 as the Sixers search for a blockbuster. The Sixers get eliminated in the first round of the playoffs without Simmons before finding a deal in the offseason.