The Philadelphia 76ers seem like they are determined to trade point guard Ben Simmons this NBA offseason. But, they are not going to just give him away, as they are looking to receive a huge package in return for him.
Immediately following the team’s elimination from the postseason, NBA trade rumors began popping up that Simmons could be on the move this offseason. He was a big reason why the team was defeated by the Atlanta Hawks in the second round, as his disappearing act on offense was too much to overcome.
The first reported offer that the 76ers received came from the Indiana Pacers. Indiana offered Malcolm Brogdon and the No. 13 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft for him. Philadelphia declined as they were looking for a bigger package. Recently, we found out what kind of package they were looking for.
The 76ers asked the Golden State Warriors for Andrew Wiggins, James Wiseman, the No. 7and 14 overall picks in the 2021 NBA Draft and two future first-round picks. From the Toronto Raptors, the 76ers reportedly asked for Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and the No. 4 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft.
Both teams declined. The Philadelphia 76ers are going to have to lower their demands, as a Simmons trade essentially needs to happen now that he is not communicating with the organization.
There will be plenty of interest in him and one team to keep an eye on is the San Antonio Spurs. What could a trade look like sending Simmons to San Antonio? Let’s take a look at the deal.
San Antonio Spurs Receive: F Ben Simmons
Philadelphia 76ers Receive: G Dejounte Murray, G Derrick White, F Devin Vassell, 2022 First-Round Pick, 2024 First-Round Pick
In this deal, the San Antonio Spurs came away with All-Star Ben Simmons. With the team overhauling the roster, they get a new face of the franchise for Gregg Popovich to build his system around.
For Philadelphia, this is likely a trade package that fans will be disappointed in. After seeing what Daryl Morey had been asking teams for, this would be a little underwhelming. However, given how Simmons has performed, especially in the playoffs, this is likely more in line with the offers they will receive.