This much is known: Ben Simmons is back in Philadelphia. But there’s no clear sign yet the All-Star guard is set to rescind his trade request and actually play for the 76ers.
Simmons, the No. 1 pick of the 2016 draft, is a three-time All-Star who had been paired with Joel Embiid as the franchise cornerstones as the Sixers chase their first NBA championship since 1983.
Morey, then the Rockets' general manager, tweeted "Fight for Freedom, stand with Hong Kong" in October 2019, referring to the pro-democracy protests that Beijing calls separatist and seditious.
The NBA said Monday it has issued Morey a $50,000 fine for violating the league's anti-tampering rule.
Typically, the NBA has played preseason games in China and takes some regular-season games to Mexico and Europe. This season's plans called for a game in Paris, though the pandemic forced those to be tabled.
More than 100 other NBA players are unrestricted free agents; another 75 or so can be restricted free agents. What promises to be a chaotic NBA free-agent window opens on Friday.
Morey stepped down as GM of the Houston Rockets this month after blockbuster moves that failed to lead the franchise to the NBA Finals
NBA: China state broadcaster CCTV hints Houston Rockets executive Daryl Morey 'paid price' for Hong Kong tweet
CCTV suspended NBA broadcasts last October after Morey tweeted "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong", referring to protests Beijing calls separatist and seditious.
Morey departed of his own choice after guiding the Rockets basketball operations since the 2007-2008 season, making the decision after the Rockets were beaten in the second round of the NBA playoffs in the Covid-19 quarantine bubble in Orlando.
While Chang was in charge the league opened the largest NBA Store outside of North America in Beijing
The NBA and USA Basketball are still considering playing in China later this year, though the complexities of both the political rift caused by a tweet last fall and the ongoing health concerns in the world’s most populous country are making those plans seem decidedly uncertain.
NBA: Shaquille O'Neal backs Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey over Hong Kong pro-democracy tweet
NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal gave his support to Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey on Tuesday, saying the executive "was right" in his comments that ignited a furore between the NBA and China.
NBA 2019-20: Brooklyn Nets' clash with Toronto Raptors draws Hong Kong protest backers as NBA-China row simmers
Several hundred people clad in T-shirts that read "Stand with Hong Kong" chanted slogans in support of the protesters from the Barclays Center stands during the Nets' pre-season showdown against the Toronto Raptors, the reigning champions.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday the league has suffered substantial losses following its dispute with China.
NBA 2019-20: LeBron James blames Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey's 'misinformed' tweet for league's standoff with China
LeBron James' remarks are the most direct so far by a high-profile NBA figure in a controversy that has raised questions about the league's future in China and sparked US accusations that Beijing was trying to regulate speech in other countries.
The Brooklyn Nets defeated the Los Angeles Lakers 91-77 on Saturday to conclude a pre-season China tour that leaves behind big questions over the future of a key market worth billions of dollars to the NBA.
Despite the controversy surrounding the NBA, the teams have been embraced by Chinese fans at the first game on Thursday in Shanghai, also won by Brooklyn, and game two Saturday in the southern city of Shenzhen near Hong Kong
NBA 2019-20: Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shrugs off criticism from US President Donald Trump
"Wow, has the office sunken low," Steve Kerr said of his reaction to Trump's remarks, saying he would like to see a "mature unifier from either party to sit in that chair and try to restore some dignity to the Oval Office again."
NBA: Stephen Curry cautious, Charles Barkley blasts 'idiots, fools' in ongoing row in China amid more protests
Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is taking a wait-and-see attitude about the NBA's future with China.
What led to the standoff between China and the NBA? What has the fallout been? Why have stars like James Harden apologised? Why does China matter so much to the NBA? Why hasn't NBA apologised to China or forced Houston Rockets to fire Morey? Firstpost Explains: