The Indiana Pacers are the first team reported to have made an offer to the Philadelphia 76ers for All-Star Ben Simmons. The Pacers reportedly offered Malcolm Brogdon and the No. 13 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft in exchange for Simmons.
While it takes two to tango, as the 76ers have to be willing to trade with the Pacers, this should not deter them. Yes, Philadelphia turned down that deal, but they should continue to push for a Simmons trade.
Indiana was aggressive when it came to their head coaching position, as they fired Nate Bjorkgren after one season and replaced him with Rick Carlisle.
The organization should put forth the same aggressiveness when it comes to trade talks with Simmons.
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The whole world saw Simmons shrink when the lights got brightest in the NBA playoffs. It is not the first time that has happened, as Simmons’ performance in the postseason has fallen off from his regular-season production every year the 76ers have made it that far.
At this point, a change in scenery is probably best for both sides. While there are risks involved, here are three reasons the Pacers should still try to trade for Simmons.