Sixers coach Doc Rivers tight-lipped about call to Ben Simmons amid trade rumors

PHILADELPHIA — Daryl Morey tried to squash reports that the 76ers made Ben Simmons available in a possible trade for Houston Rockets standout James Harden. “We are not trading Ben Simmons,” the team’s president of basketball operations told The Athletic Thursday night. “He is an important part of our future.” In light of Morey’s comment, Sixers coach Doc Rivers was asked before Friday’s preseason game if he talks to players about these situations and reinforces that they are here to stay. “I don’t get into all that,” Rivers said. “I can tell you that, again, none of this started from us. I gav…

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