Ben Simmons Commerce Rumors: What the 76ers Need in Return
Anyone interested in a lightly used Ben Simmons?
Simmons will almost certainly start the 2021-22 NBA season on a different team after some postseason appearances that ringed the death knell of his Philly career. After Simmons ‘agent Rich Paul discussed a possible deal with the 76ers’ front office shortly after the playoffs ended, Philadelphia is apparently happy to strike a deal.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that “(The 76ers) want an all-star player in return.” That’s not surprising, and it’s likely that Simmons is more involved with each deal. But if that’s all they want from a player who’s made multiple All-NBA defensive teams and an All-NBA third team, that’s palatable.
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In truth, there are many factors to consider in a Simmons deal: the price of the 76s is one, but perhaps the most important factor is the cap space. Simmons owes $ 146,684,160 through the 2024-25 season and also has a 15 percent trade kicker on his contract.
Despite all of this, Charania reports that Simmons’ market remains “robust” and that there are many teams competing at an “affordable” price and an attractive age (Simmons turns 25 on July 20th).
Simmons’ post-season performance was highlighted by poor shooting and lack of enthusiasm to play, leading to Philadelphia’s second-round loss to the Hawks. After some speculation that Simmons might play for Australia in the Olympics, the security guard is sitting outside working on his game.
Just know that his game, improved or not, is likely to be played for a different team than the 76ers, who get to the point in the 2021-22 NBA season.