With the 2021-22 NBA regular season set to get going with a doubleheader on Tuesday, we’re no closer to a Ben Simmons end game with the Philadelphia 76ers than we were months ago.

By now, you likely know that Simmons has requested a trade from the Sixers. While the three-time All-Star did report to the team and practice on Monday, there’s no telling what’s going to happen.

What we do know is that Ben Simmons and his team are not in the best of situations following an early departure from the playoffs a season ago. With the trade market seemingly shrinking, things might end up on the back burner for some time.

That’s now magnified after Indiana Pacers star Malcolm Brogdon agreed to a contract extension on the eve of the season starting. Said deal adds two more years and $45 million in cold-hard cash to his current contract. It also stipulates that Indiana can’t trade Brogdon at any point during the 2021-22 season.

This is akin to Indiana taking its name out of the Simmons sweepstakes after being linked to the embattled point guard over the past several weeks. If any deal were to come to fruition on this end, Brogdon would have to be part of the package heading back to Philadelphia.