This NBA offseason has seen plenty of headlines and trade rumors coming out of Philadelphia in regards to Ben Simmons’ future with the 76ers, but we may finally have an answer to this question as Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Tuesday afternoon that Ben Simmons wants out of Philly.
With Simmons not intending to report to training camp in about four weeks and wanting to be traded, it seems like the 76ers are now “on the clock” to try and get a deal done rather soon. All offseason long, Philadelphia has been receiving and sending trade offers involving the now 3x All-Star, but they have yet to find a deal that suits their needs.
Originally, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that the Philadelphia 76ers asking price was an All-Star-level player in return for Ben Simmons, but now that he has formally requested a trade, his value may wind up decreasing. Who knows what Philly is going to be able to get for him, but they are not going to give up Simmons for just anything.
He may struggle at times offensively and not be able to shoot, but people tend to forget that in four full seasons, Ben Simmons is a 3x All-Star, a 2x All-Defensive team performer and was named to the All-NBA list during the 2019-20 season. Simmons, like every other player in the league, has his weaknesses, but he is not a worthless player by any means.
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Philadelphia is going to be on the phone a lot over the next few weeks, but one thing we know for sure is that Daryl Morey is going to take his time trying to get the best return for Simmons he possibly can. With this said, let’s take a look at three teams he could wind up talking to over the next month and the three best trade partners for the Sixers to deal Ben Simmons.