Ben Simmons’ days with the Philadelphia 76ers may be numbered, but the organization will not simply give up its starting point guard. If the 76ers part ways with the former No. 1 pick, they plan to get a strong trading plan in return.
NBA teams have been weighing Philadelphia’s interest in the Chicago Union’s pre-draft United Harvester offer Simmons, where Simmons’ agent Rich Paul met with 76ers’ front office members. Reported by ESPN’s Adrian WojnarowskiAccording to reports, the two sides discussed whether they should work together to find a deal for Simmons. No transaction request was made.
In the second round of the Philadelphia playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks, Simmons is likely to be out. Not coming back next seasonThe 24-year-old was almost unable to play offensively in the next game, attempting three field goal percentages in the fourth quarter of a seven-game series.
The 76ers did not scramble to trade Simmons, they were worried about trading him without getting enough returns. Sources told ESPN that Simmons has been selected to the All-Star for three consecutive years and still has important trading value in the league.
The report pointed out that Philadelphia is committed to improving Simmons’ offense. Simmons will not shoot three pointers, and scoring outside the paint is not a big threat. Simmons has a historically bad postseason at the free throw line, with 73 misses and 48 misses.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 24, 2021
The combination of Simmons and Joel Embiid led the 76ers to the playoffs four consecutive times. During that time, Philadelphia won 63.1% of the games, equivalent to a 52-30 record in 80 seasons. The 76ers enter the 2021 playoffs as the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference.
Philadelphia’s All-Star duo has not yet reached a conference final.
Darryl Morey, the 76ers’ president of basketball operations, said in December last year that the team is Don’t trade Simmons. it’s been Widely reported A few weeks after Morey’s statement, Philadelphia tried to trade Simmons in exchange for James Harden.
“I want to say that we have a very strong team, we believe. There is-none of us can predict the future of what will happen, anywhere,” Morey Said on Tuesday When asked if Simmons will appear on Philadelphia’s roster next season. “We like what Ben brings, we like what Joel brings, we like what Tobias (Harris) brings. As far as the next thing goes, we will do the best for the 76ers The thing that gives us the best chance to win the championship among every player on the roster.”
Even if Simmons’ transaction value is still higher than most players, he can no longer be the core of a superstar deal like Harden. It is speculated that Simmons may be exchanged for a fringe All-Star player, he may be more suitable to fight alongside Embiid.
Simmons averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds, 6.9 assists and 1.6 steals in the regular season. He is the runner-up of the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award in 2021.
It is expected that the 76ers and Simmons camp will continue to negotiate before the NBA draft and the free agency market.