Shams Charania provided us the newest update on the Ben Simmons trade saga in Philadelphia, and the words may as well have come right out of Daryl Morey's mouth. Charania reported on the ongoing conflict between the Sixers and Simmons before dropping a nugget that the Boston Celtics have been making calls about trading for Simmons. In the next sentence, Charania notes All-Star forward Jaylen Brown would be "have" to be part of any deal for the maligned Simmons.
The Boston Celtics have engaged in conversations with the 76ers revolving around Simmons and expressed interest in the 6-foot-11 guard, sources tell The Athletic. Talks have been fluid with no traction as of yet, those sources say. Any potential Simmons deal with the Celtics would have to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown, an ascending talent who is in the midst of another career season, averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Hmm. One has to wonder who benefits from a report that Simmons is still only available for one of the league's best young players. It isn't Boston!