The Philadelphia 76ers have one big question looming as the offseason officially got underway with the Milwaukee Bucks defeating the Phoenix Suns in the NBA Finals; what will they do with Ben Simmons?
The 76ers’ season ended prematurely when they were eliminated by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round of the playoffs. Philadelphia had done everything they needed in the regular season to secure home-court throughout the playoffs but was unable to make it count in the postseason.
Simmons was a big reason why they were unable to get over the hump. His disappearing act on offense put immense pressure on his teammates to perform, as Simmons was hesitant to even attempt dunks in the game.
The frustrations boiled over following the Game 7 loss to the Hawks, as head coach Doc Rivers and Joel Embiid both shared some quotes that make it seem like a divorce between Simmons and the team could occur this offseason.
The 76ers have clearly been making calls around the league about Simmons in talks with a crazy asking price. Now that the 2021 NBA Draft has passed, could they circle back with those same teams? While his value would seemingly be at an all-time low, there is still plenty of interest in the multi-time All-Star and All-Defensive Team member.
Which teams could step up to the plate and acquire Ben Simmons? Here are three trades involving the former LSU product that we would love to see.
Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors are armed with plenty of assets that will enable them to make a big move this offseason should they choose to. Perhaps some of the team’s recently drafted prospects could be of interest? A trade for Ben Simmons would constitute a big move.
This is a deal that could probably be opened up into a three-way deal. Golden State’s best assets, James Wiseman and two lottery picks in 2021, don’t appeal too much to the 76ers, who have Joel Embiid entrenched in the middle and want to win now. So, the 76ers could get a third team involved, possibly one that can take on the contract of Andrew Wiggins as well, and net them a player that better fits what they want.
Adding Simmons to a Warriors core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green would be a lot for teams to handle. Defensively, they present plenty of challenges for opponents. Simmons and Green are arguably the two most versatile defenders in the NBA as they defend every position on the court.