Top landing spot for NBA’s top stars in trade rumors

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Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons has been one of the most talked-about players this offseason. He came up short, again, in the playoffs on the offensive side of the ball, setting a record for lowest free throw percentage in a single postseason. His value is about as low as it ever will be, but the 76ers are still shopping him.

Plenty of teams would love a 25-year old with the playmaking, rebounding and defensive ability that Ben Simmons has. The offense is frustrating, but he can still help a team win given his other skills. The top landing spot for him would be with the Toronto Raptors.

The Raptors are one of the teams that have been aggressively pursuing Ben Simmons and with good reason. Toronto is in the market for a long-term backcourt player with 36-year old Kyle Lowry entering free agency. Lowry won’t play forever, so adding a player like Simmons to the mix to build around makes sense.

The media scrutiny would also be lessened in Toronto, playing for a new team not having the same expectations as were with the 76ers. As a former No. 1 pick and main piece of ‘The Process’, there is a lot of pressure on Ben Simmons in Philadelphia that would dissipate in a different city.

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Toronto has some intriguing pieces they can offer Philadelphia in a trade. Gary Trent Jr. could be used as the centerpiece of a sign-and-trade. Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby would all be great pieces for the 76ers to get back in a deal as well. 

The crown jewel that Toronto has to offer is the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft. If they are willing to include that, Ben Simmons could be theirs.

Best Landing Spot: Toronto Raptors