Ben Simmons is a three-time NBA All-Star, a two-time member of the NBA All-Defensive First Team, and the Rookie of the Year in 2018. All of these accolades should be enough to make Simmons one of the biggest trade targets during the 2021 offseason. And yet, the Philidelphia 76ers are still stuck with the Ben Simmons drama.
Ben Simmons Wants Out
After the Sixers bowed out of the 2021 playoffs, many believed that we already witnessed Ben Simmons’ final game as a Sixer. And while the Philidephia front office remained hopeful that things would still work out between Simmons and the team, the end has come for the relationship between the said parties.
Reports came out that both parties met in Los Angeles last week. In that meeting, Ben Simmons told the higher-ups that he no longer wants to be a Sixer, won’t report at the upcoming training camp, and demands a trade. What is more problematic for Philadelphia is that Simmons wants to play with one of the three teams in California.
Considering the lack of interest in Simmons from the rest of the league, Philadephia’s options have become more limited now that Simmons’ trade request has gone public. Why?
Would you take a gamble on a player who only attempted three fourth-quarter field goals during the 2021 Eastern Conference Semifinal series?
What’s funnier is that the Sixers even wanted an All-Star player included in any trade package involving Simmons.
Now that Ben Simmons’ stint in Philadelphia is nearly a closed book, the most logical move for the Sixers is to look for a deal. However, Simmons’ request makes it more difficult for the Sixers to send him packing.
Put it this way: sending Ben Simmons to either the Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Lakers, and the Los Angeles Clippers is a hectic job. If it’s another player, it would have been less complicated. Since Ben Simmons is the centerpiece of this trade, any trade would take longer to attract interest.
With both Los Angeles teams already loaded, the only option left for now is the Golden State Warriors. And it makes sense as one of the loudest trade rumors is the Ben Simmons-Draymond Green swap.
Now, reports say that the top bosses at San Francisco are willing to listen to their counterparts from Philidelphia regarding a potential trade. Then again, listening doesn’t mean a deal will happen.
Here’s where it gets more complicated: reports claim that even with the prospect of acquiring another All-Star player next to Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, the Warriors are unlikely to put Draymond Green on the trading block. That is despite Green’s explosive interview with his former teammate, Kevin Durant.
On the other side, some believe that having Ben Simmons and Draymond Green on one lineup is damaging for the Warriors, particularly during the playoffs. The fact that neither Green nor Simmons is great at shooting the ball is an indication that both will be teammates once the Simmons saga is over in Philadelphia.
While both the Lakers and the Clippers still have tradeable assets, using those assets to acquire a Ben Simmons could hurt their championship aspirations.
A Trade is Inevitable
There is no other way around it.
Ben Simmons wants out of Philadelphia. It’s now up to the Sixers front office to take the team out of this ugly situation. Will they get an All-Star play in return?
Considering the lack of interest in Simmons, it’s impossible for now.