Theoretically, the strategy is solid because the Sixers have previously demonstrated that they can be eliminated from the playoffs in the second round with or without Harden. And it could even end up working in real life.
If you consider sending one disgruntled person away for another and coming out no better, it did with Simmons.
However, playing this game once more this time entails a greater risk for Morey and the Sixers.
Simmons stayed away from Doc Rivers after Doc threw him out of practise in October 2021 until Morey moved him to Brooklyn. He was not interested in any aspect of Philadelphia or the Sixers.
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