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It’s been five months since All-Star point guard Ben Simmons sought a trade from the Philadelphia 76ers, and no agreement has been reached.
In exchange for Simmons, the Sixers want a superstar player. The only issue? That deal is now unavailable on the market. Interested parties are well aware that the 76ers lack negotiating strength in trade discussions, given that their dissatisfied star has vowed that he would never play for them again.
If Philly ultimately gives up and agrees to trade Simmons for a more affordable package, these are the four potential landing destinations for the 25-year-old.
Sacramento Kings, No. 4
The Kings, who have refused to trade any of their quality players for Ben Simmons, have just lost to an Oklahoma City Thunder club that is openly attempting to tank this season.
November 13, 2021 — Bryan Toporek (@btoporek)
Ben Simmons: what do we know about him?
For one thing, we know he enjoys visiting California. On or off the court, we know he despises being told what to do. We also know he despises the pressure that comes with playing in such a large market.
Check, double-check, and triple-check.
For 15 years, the Sacramento Kings have been the NBA’s laughingstock. All Simmons would have to do is lead them to one winning season, and Sacramento fans would worship him like a king for the rest of his life. Simmons wouldn’t be able to contend for an NBA championship, but he could simply need a vacation from the strain he was under in Philadelphia.
3. Clippers of Los Angeles
Now we’re having a conversation.
The Los Angeles Clippers might be without Kawhi Leonard for the whole season, so they could utilize another All-Star in the starting lineup if they want to challenge for the Western Conference title. When Leonard returns, he’ll be joined by Simmons and Paul George to form a nightmare defensive lineup for opposing attacks.
Simmons could play dunker in small-ball lineups, transition offense after turnovers, and clamp down defense to give Leonard and George a respite on the defensive end.
Plus, he already spends the most of his offseason in Los Angeles, so he’d be thrilled to relocate there full-time.
Golden State Warriors, No. 2
To be the greatest version of himself on the offensive end of the court, Simmons needs shooters all around him and a wide-open floor that allows him to operate in the paint.
What kind of group does it sound like?
Simmons would not be expected to score as much as he does in Philadelphia if he joined the Golden State Warriors. He has the ability to drive and kick to some of the greatest shooters in NBA history, only adding to what has been the finest defensive squad in the league this season.
If we’re just talking about fit, the Warriors may be the ideal destination for Simmons.
1. New York Nets
PG for the Philadelphia 76ers Brooklyn Nets PG Ben Simmons During a game, Kyrie Irving looks on | Mitchell Leff/Getty Images
Simmons would be perfect for the Brooklyn Nets, where he would play with Kevin Durant and James Harden. With those superstars in charge, he wouldn’t have to do much on the offensive end, and he’d immediately enhance Brooklyn’s defense.
Durant and Harden could continue to handle the ball and begin the offense, while Simmons could stay in the dunker area all night and collect lobs from them. In addition, since Brooklyn isn’t a major NBA market, Simmons wouldn’t be subjected to the same kind of scrutiny as he is in Philadelphia. Even if the squad fails, Nets supporters will point the blame at Durant and Harden first, rather than Simmons.
In addition, the Nets have a point guard who isn’t playing this season. Simmons for Kyrie Irving would be a win-win situation for both clubs.
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