Ben Simmons and the Philadelphia 76ers want a divorce but can’t find a lawyer to facilitate the transaction. On Simmons’ side, there are plenty of teams with reported interest in him, but there’s one that’s an under-the-radar landing spot. That destination is the San Antonio Spurs.
The Spurs are in a funky spot. They moved on from LaMarcus Aldridge last season and saw DeMar DeRozan, Patty Mills and Rudy Gay depart via free agency this offseason. That’s a smooth offensive big man, the team’s offensive focal point, a veteran sniper and defender and a front-court scorer.
For the most part, the Spurs’ roster is now one with a bevy of youngsters and some veteran front-court players who will presumably assume complementary roles in head coach Gregg Popovich’s offense. Where does Ben Simmons fit in this picture?
The team’s backcourt rotation includes Dejounte Murray, Derrick White, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker, Devin Vassell, Bryn Forbes, Tre Jones and the 2021 No. 12 overall draft pick Joshua Primo.
As is, the Spurs roster isn’t one that’s cracking the playoffs or one with a realistic roadmap to contention in the Western Conference within the next two years. They can afford to make an impact move in the backcourt (a la moving multiple individuals in that group).