Despite his inability to make jump shots consistently, Ben Simmons is an asset to any NBA team who would acquire him via a blockbuster trade. While some are hesitant when it comes to Ben Simmons, he’s still someone most NBA teams would benefit from as long as he can find other ways to compensate for his still woeful shooting percentages.
In other words, Ben Simmons is a great trade target as long as he fits into the system of the team acquiring him.
Right now, many teams are reportedly interested in acquiring Ben Simmons should the Philadelphia 76ers can’t find ways to fix his woes in the offseason. Among those that have expressed interest in Ben Simmons is the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Ben Simmons-D’Angelo Russell Swap: The Hump
The Minnesota Timberwolves finished the 2020-2021 regular season with a 23-49 win-loss card. That’s the third-worst record in the Western Conference.
Last February, the Wolves underwent a coaching switch from Ryan Saunders to Chris Finch. With the Ben Simmons possibility brewing up, the Wolves will see a drastic change soon.
While the Wolves can include D’Angelo Russell, the Minnesota front office views Russell as a core player alongside Karl Anthony-Towns and Anthony Edwards, which makes sending Russell to Philadelphia almost impossible for now.
What Else Can The Timberwolves Offer?
With the trio of Towns, Edwards, and Russell likely not included in any package involving Simmons, listening to any offer will be difficult at all for Philadelphia. The Timberwolves could try to offer a package that includes Malik Beasley plus Ricky Rubio.
Beasley averaged 19 points, four rebounds, and shot 39% from the three-point line during the 2020-2021 season. He averaged more points than Edwards and Russell, and his ability to create shots from the outside could be vital to him getting sent to Philadelphia. Why?
Simmons’ primary weakness is making shots from that distance.
Acquiring Malik Beasley could be a good alternative for the 76ers as they get a guard who can score more consistently. That could take more defensive pressure off Embiid’s back.
Adding Ricky Rubio into the mix would give the 76ers a veteran point guard.
The Timberwolves still have a lot of assets at their disposal outside of their Big Three. It’s just a question of whether or not Philadelphia will pick up the offer.
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