It’s becoming increasingly likely that the Philadelphia 76ers will trade Ben Simmons and three teams are emerging as possible suitors, according to Sam Amick of The Athletic.
The Miami Heat, Toronto Raptors and Washington Wizards are viewed as the leaders to land the three-time All-Star.
Yet while Portland’s Damian Lillard and Washington’s Bradley Beal both appear to be in their respective holding patterns when it comes to possibly requesting a trade, it’s looking increasingly likely that Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons will be on the move. One source close to the situation handicapped Miami, Toronto and Washington as the most likely landing spots. The Wizards scenario, of course, would only take place if Beal wound up deciding that it was time for a new chapter outside of the nation’s capital. The moving parts, as you can see, are sometimes part of the same puzzle.
The Wizards would likely only be a realistic trade partner if Bradley Beal requests a trade.
Due to the 76ers’ high asking price for Simmons of an All-Star caliber player in return, the Heat may have a hard time putting together a trade package to acquire him.
If Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo are considered off-limits, the 76ers may not be interested in a package of other players like Tyler Herro, Precious Achiuwa, Duncan Robinson or Kendrick Nunn.
The Raptors, meanwhile, have reportedly been the most engaged in trade discussions with the 76ers, but they already turned down an offer for Simmons.
The proposed framework included Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby and the No. 4 pick in Thursday’s draft all for Simmons.
Lowry remains one of the 76ers top targets this offseason and they could still acquire him via a sign-and-trade.
This past season, Simmons, 25, averaged 14.3 points, 7.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game, all career-low stats.
Simmons’ shooting struggles and reluctance to shoot were also magnified in the playoffs, especially in the series against the Atlanta Hawks.
Despite all of this, president of basketball operations Daryl Morey isn’t looking to trade Simmons for pennies on the dollar.
Simmons has four years left on his five-year contract that he signed back in 2019.