Charania’s report was backed by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who added that both sides haven’t come close to getting a deal done.

It was reported earlier today that Simmons stayed “off-limits” in trade talks for Harden because the group wished to utilize the very first couple of weeks of the season to evaluate whether he and Joel Embiid could lastly mesh under new head coach Doc Rivers’ system.

Sixers president of basketball operations Daryl Morey provided a statement in response to the reports surrounding Simmons, informing Charania, “We are not trading Ben Simmons– he is a vital part of our future.”

Regardless of Morey’s efforts to suppress reports of trade talks including Simmons, the Sixers might have been required to move up that schedule as the Rockets have begun to cast a larger web for playoff-caliber teams thinking about dealing for Harden, ESPN reports. Despite the fact that Harden has reportedly expressed an interest in signing up with either Philadelphia or the Brooklyn Internet, Houston is also motivated in getting the very best deal possible for the 2018 NBA MVP, who still has three years, $133 million remaining on his present offer.