What a disheartening end to the season it was for the Philadelphia 76ers this season. Everything was shaping up for Philadelphia to make a deep push in the NBA postseason.
The 76ers were the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference and their trio of Ben Simmons, Tobias Harris, and Joel Embiid were playing well entering the postseason.
However, following a five-game series over the Washington Wizards, Philadelphia would crumble against the Atlanta Hawks in the Conference Semi-Finals.
For the most part, Philadelphia’s issues stemmed from Simmons’ inability to look for his shot and score the basketball. With Simmons not looking to score — plus his woes at the free-throw line — the 76ers became overly predictable on the offensive end.
Seeing that the duo of Embiid and Simmons faltered once again, many are wondering if Simmons’ performance in the playoffs is enough for the front office to move on from him.
While a trade involving Ben Simmons has yet to be confirmed this offseason, let’s take a peek at a couple of the best and worst fits for the 24-year-old point forward.
Good Fit: Portland Trail Blazers
Whenever the idea of Ben Simmons potentially being traded this offseason began, the Portland Trail Blazers were immediately a team mentioned as a possible landing spot.
The 76ers desperately need more shooting and the Trail Blazers have two guards in Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum that could be of interest to them. However, unless other teams get involved or Portland is willing to trade him at a discounted price, Lillard likely isn’t available for Simmons.
That’s fine, because for Simmons to be an ideal fit in Portland, it would be due to him getting a chance to play with Lillard.