Philadelphia 76ers: Three Ben Simmons Trade Destinations
The Philadelphia 76ers are 9-5 and are one of the better teams in the NBA’s Eastern Conference this season. However, they may have to trade Ben Simmons in the near future.
From frustration about his shooting ability and willingness to take shots, Simmons seems to have worn out his stay in Philly.
We even heard rumors that the Sixers were thinking about dealing Ben Simmons in the last few weeks.
Ultimately, the only star who got traded was James Harden, who got shipped from Houston to Brooklyn in a mega-deal.
Simmons can play, but a change of scenery might do him good. The only question is which NBA teams would be good trade partners for the Sixers?
Let’s take a look at a few teams that could trade for Ben Simmons.
New Orleans Pelicans
The Pels are 4-7 under new head coach Stan Van Gundy and clearly need a boost.
New Orleans has a promising future after signing Brandon Ingram to a big contract extension, but they still have work to do.
The Sixers could send Simmons and Danny Green to the Pelicans in exchange for Ingram and Josh Hart.
Or the Sixers could ask for Lonzo Ball instead of Hart.
Why does this work for both teams?
The Philly anger towards Simmons would be over and the Sixers would get two guys who can play.
Hart/Ball would add to the Philly bench as well. And who knows maybe Sixers’ coach Doc Rivers believes Shake Milton or Tyrese Maxey could be a starting point guard if given more of an opportunity.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans would get a 24-year-old passer in Simmons, and they would not have to worry about eating two max contracts. After all, Ingram would be sent out of town in the trade for Simmons.
The Sixers could send Ben Simmons to the Raptors.
Meanwhile, Toronto could send Villanova product Kyle Lowry to Philly in the deal.
However, a few questions would have to be answered.
1.) Are the Sixers going to extend Lowry since he is a free agent after the season?
2.) Are the Raptors willing to absorb another big contract? They already have Fred VanVleet signed to a four-year, $85 million deal.
3.) Besides Lowry, which players would the Sixers want in return?
It makes sense for the Raptors to think about trading some well-known players since they are trending downward.
Toronto is currently 4-8.
The Suns could ship Chris Paul to Philly and Simmons would obviously land in Phoenix.
Paul, 35, is under contract for two seasons and is owed over $85 million.
Do the Sixers want someone as old as Paul? Do they want someone younger? I mean they are in win-now mode.
Can the Sixers get another shooter in a trade with the Suns?
It can be tough to move a contract as big as Simmons’, but it can be done.
I’m not saying the Suns, Raptors, or Pelicans are perfect trade partners in a Ben Simmons trade. But, the Sixers need to really survey the landscape and understand they may not get Devin Booker or another player of that caliber in a Simmons deal.