Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly eyeing to ship Ben Simmons to Detroit in exchange for forward Jerami Grant. They are also looking to acquire another forward, a young star, and a draft pick in a potential package.
That’s what Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer reported recently:
“The team has engaged in ongoing discussions with the Detroit Pistons to acquire Grant, another forward, a young player, and a draft pick in exchange for Simmons, league sources said. One source said power forward/center Kelly Olynyk and second-year swingman Saddiq Bey were mentioned as players who could be included in a possible deal. However, a source said the Pistons are unlikely to include Bey, a Villanova product, or Olynyk.”
It seems the Sixers are hoping to move on from Simmons and add more star power to their team next year. The 76ers are looking for an All-Star caliber player in exchange for Ben Simmons.
As of now, no NBA team is willing to offer what the Sixers want, as the three-time All-Star trade value took a hit after his dismal performance during the 2021 NBA playoffs.
As Pompey reports, the 76ers could opt in to keep Simmons until the end of the season. They could look to make a sign-and-trade to send Simmons to the Nets to acquire James Harden, who has yet to sign an extension with Brooklyn.
“However, several members of the front office are keen on the idea of keeping Simmons this season and pursuing Harden from the Brooklyn Nets for a sign and trade, according to multiple sources,” Pompey wrote
In any case, the Sixers seem to be in for the long game, as Simmons demanded a trade at the start of the offseason. However, it seems highly unlikely for the franchise to find a deal for the Australian soon.