The Philadelphia 76ers-Ben Simmons saga has yet to end. With the 2021-22 NBA season just around the corner, will the 76ers be able to get a trade they want? Will Simmons ultimately get his wish of playing for a California team?
According to ESPN NBA insider Brian Windhorst, a new small-market team that hasn’t been linked to Simmons has made an offer. Windhorst didn’t name the team as they have yet to go public. Given that there are only a few remaining small-market teams that have not been mentioned alongside the Australian, we can guess who this mystery team is.
The following small-market teams have been linked to Ben Simmons for pretty much the entire offseason: Minnesota Timberwolves, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers, San Antonio Spurs. Outside of this list, there seems to be one team who can both arrange a package for Simmons and will also benefit from him. That team is none other than the New Orleans Pelicans.
The 76ers made it clear that they don’t want to give up Simmons for peanuts. Simmons, despite his lower stock value, is still an All-Star in this league. Daryl Morey and his front office crew want an All-Star in exchange for an All-Star. It’s that plain and simple. As such, if the Pelicans want their offer to be entertained at the least, then it should include either Zion Williamson or Brandon Ingram. Between the two All-Stars, sending Ingram is the best button to push.