You can question Ben Simmons’ status as an NBA star, but there is no denying his name power. And, as is the case whenever any big-named player is potentially up for grabs, chances are your favorite team is at least going to be floated in trade talks — the Boston Celtics are no different.
Shortly after the Sixers’ disappointing playoff exit this past season, talks of a Simmons-Jaylen Brown swap began to surface. This was mainly due to Boston’s perceived hole at point guard with Kemba Walker’s impending exit. Thankfully, clearer minds prevailed and chatter of unloading Brown has essentially died, as have talks of Simmons heading to Boston — or at least they had.
The belief that Simmons would be dealt come draft day was clearly a farce, as essentially every potential suitor, sans maybe the Minnesota Timberwolves, have fled in the opposite direction. With the three-time All-Star’s market extremely dry, and Simmons reportedly strong-arming Philly on his trade requests (per Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer), Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely believes the chances of Boston throwing their hat in the ring could be increasing.
Joining CLNS Media’s “Boston Sports Beat” podcast, Blakely was asked by host John Zannis if the Celtics should “buy the dip” as it pertains to Simmons’ plummeting trade stock and knock on the door with an offer for the Sixers.