2022 NBA trade deadline: Sixers, Nets plan to discuss a Ben Simmons for James Harden deal, per report

It sounds as though the Philadelphia 76ers may not have to wait until the offseason to trade disgruntled star Ben Simmons after all. Recent reports suggested that the Sixers wanted to wait until more star players were available this summer before exploring a trade centered around Simmons, but The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported on Friday that the Brooklyn Nets are open to discussing a trade ahead of the deadline where James Harden would be sent to Philly in exchange for Simmons.

This is a reverse from recent reports suggesting that Brooklyn did not plan on listening to any trade offers for Harden leading up to the deadline. But according to Charania, there’s a sense of urgency within the Nets’ organization this season, as they view it as a “critical year in Kevin Durant’s prime.” This report comes at a time when the Nets aren’t playing their best basketball. Durant is currently sidelined with a sprained MCL, and during that time Brooklyn has gone just 2-7 and is currently on a six-game losing streak. 

The Nets view a potential Simmons-for-Harden swap as an opportunity to get Brooklyn more depth, with Seth Curry, Tyrese Maxey and Matisse Thybulle all being potential add-ons to the deal. However, the Sixers reportedly would not include Maxey in a deal for Harden, per CBS Sports’ Michael Kaskey-Blomain. Philadelphia has been resistant in the past to trade Maxey, most recently when the team looked to acquire Harden originally from the Rockets. But with Joel Embiid playing at an MVP-level again, and the Sixers climbing up to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 31-20 record, Philadelphia clearly wants to take advantage of this season and almost certainly will be a piece that the Nets ask for in any return for Harden.

Simmons has

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Lia Thomas controversy leads women’s sports advocates to discuss out from NCAA: ‘It’s about fairness’

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Women’s sporting activities advocates are speaking out in opposition to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and its procedures on transgender scholar athlete participation forward of the NCAA Championships this March, warning that the potential of women’s sporting activities is in threat if transgender swimmer Lia Thomas of the University of Pennsylvania is authorized to maintain competing on the women’s crew.

The Ivy League and University of Pennsylvania each produced statements last 7 days defending Thomas, who has been shattering documents in women’s swimming ever considering that she was authorized to switch from the men’s to the women’s team under NCAA regulations after undergoing testosterone suppression therapy.

LIA THOMAS CONTROVERSY: NCAA SILENT AMID MOUNTING CRITICISM Above TRANGENDER ATHLETE Policy

Parents who were outraged at the NCAA for allowing University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to compete and dominate in women’s competitions wrote a letter to the college athletics governing body demanding a rule change.

Moms and dads who had been outraged at the NCAA for allowing University of Pennsylvania transgender swimmer Lia Thomas to contend and dominate in women’s competitions wrote a letter to the school athletics governing system demanding a rule improve.
(Penn Athletics)

In contrast to Penn and the Ivy League, the NCAA has still to weigh in on mounting criticism in excess of its transgender athlete coverage that critics argue threatens the incredibly long term of women’s athletics.

“It’s about fairness in women’s sports activities,” Nancy Hogshead-Makar, a three-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer and chief govt of the advocacy group Winner Women of all ages, advised Fox News Digital in a phone job interview Wednesday. 

“The competitive edge that Lia Thomas has is a number of periods in excess of the aggressive benefit that the most doped-up East German girls had,” she stated. “The most doped-up East German females that I’ve competed versus, at most, have been just a tiny bit better than we have been. Nevertheless, they were being hardly

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