NBA GM Suggests “Almost Unfair” Ben Simmons To Brooklyn Nets Trade Involving Kyrie Irving

Published 10/08/2021, 11:02 AM EDT
Apr 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) saves a ball headed out of bounds during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters


Perhaps the hottest name in the trade market right now, Ben Simmons has been a constant in the NBA headlines. After some disappointing seasons with the 76ers, where Philly crashed out of the playoffs early, the pressure was on Simmons and Co. to challenge for the championship last season.

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But a colossal failure in the postseason meant that Simmons was scrutinized heavily. Given how rampant the criticism was from media and Philly fans, Simmons has made it clear that he doesn’t want to be a part of the process anymore.

The Ben Simmons’ situation has certainly been intriguing,, to say the least. With the former lottery pick denying to show up for the 76ers in training camp, trade scenarios have been pretty rampant for the 24-year-old.

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GM sends NBA world into meltdown after suggesting this wild Ben Simmons trade

A player who finds himself in a similar situation is Kyrie Irving. Kyrie, unlike Simmons, is willing to part ways with his organization but rather the COVID guidelines of Brooklyn and many other cities have might mean that the 28-year-old will miss multiple games.

While the league’s biggest stars like LeBron James and Stephen Curry have opted to take the jab, Irving is among the few who has been staunch in his stance regarding vaccination.

Apr 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after a call during the second half against the New York Knicks at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Given that both the teams find themselves in such a situation, a league GM has come up with a rather wild trade. According to the latest reports by the Athletic, a league GM has proposed a straight-up trade for Simmons and Irving.

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“I will say one GM volunteered a straight-up, Kyrie for Simmons trade to me Wednesday: “one problem for another.” Man, Simmons on the Nets would almost be unfair.” This trade on paper certainly looks like a win-win situation for the Nets and the 76ers. While the Nets will lose a dynamic guard like Irving, the duo of Kevin Durant and James Harden can more or less make up for the lost firepower.

NEW YORK, USA – JANUARY 20 : Ben Simmons (25) of Philadelphia 76ers is seen during NBA match between Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets held on January 20, 2020 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

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Last season, the team was incredibly leaky defensively. An addition like Simmons will make up for the lack of defensive impact. A defensive juggernaut, the Nets won’t depend on Simmons for his offense rather his ever-developing defensive skills.

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Irving on the other hand will add some much-needed offensive boost to the 76ers who were too dependent on Joel Embiid in the post-season. A proven performer in the post-season, the 76ers will be right up there with Irving on their side. Do you think both the Nets and 76ers will go ahead with this trade?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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