“Hasn’t Gotten Public Yet”: Ben Simmons Trade Saga Takes Intriguing Turn

Published 09/13/2021, 1:32 PM EDT
May 31, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after the basket during the first quarter against the Washington Wizards during game four in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports


Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons’ trade saga has been going for so long. Ben Simmons went into the summer after All-Star and All-Defensive selections from last season. However, Simmons’ future hasn’t been sorted yet and many teams are ready to pounce on the opportunity to sign the three-time All-Star.

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Jun 8, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) hangs on the rim after dunking against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter in game two of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

By now, almost everyone is aware of the teams involved in Ben Simmons’ trade saga. Ben Simmons wants out of the Philadelphia 76ers and is looking for a potential suitor. Then there are the Sixers, who want an established player to be involved in Ben’s trade deal. Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, and Toronto Raptors have shown keen interest in Ben’s signature. Reportedly, the Warriors and Spurs are keeping tabs on his situation as well. However, a new player has emerged in the trade saga.

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A small market team showed keen interest in Ben Simmons

According to ESPN’s NBA insider, Brian Windhorst has revealed that a dark horse team has made an offer for Ben Simmons. The ‘small market team’ has a lot of interest in Simmons. However, the name of the team hasn’t been revealed.

“I know of at least one other team who is a small-market team, that has made an offer for him and has a lot of interest in him. It just hasn’t gotten public yet,” Brian Windhorst said on The Scoop podcast.

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Playing as a point guard and power forward, Ben Simmons averaged 14.3 PPG, 7.2 RPG, and 6.9 RPG. He guided the Sixers to that top of the Eastern Conference last season as they won their first division title since 2001. However, Simmons struggled in the post-season as the Philadelphia 76ers lost 4-3 in the conference semifinals against Atlanta Hawks. Simmons came under immense criticism after the playoffs as he became the worst free-throw shooter (34.2%) in NBA history with at least 67 attempts.

May 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) reacts after dunking the ball against the Washington Wizards during the first quarter of game two in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

However, that doesn’t change the fact that Simmons is young and one of the best in his position. Many top teams interested in signing him are an indication of how good he is. However, a small market team has made an offer for him as well. A small market team interested in Ben Simmons is fine, but what’s more intriguing is that they have made an offer and are keen on signing him. Many would think that Ben would end up with a big market team in the offseason, but it’ll be interesting to see if a dark horse team can pull this deal off.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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