REPORTS: Could 76ers All Star Ben Simmons Be on His Way to the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Published 12/27/2021, 8:00 AM EST
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


The Ben Simmons saga was the talk of this summer ahead of the 2021-22 season. The 25-year-old guard demanded a trade in August earlier this year despite having 4 years on his contract. However, the Sixers failed to find a suitable trade deal and there has been a standoff between him and the franchise.

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Simmons expressed his desire to be traded in the off-season and even missed several Sixers training camps. He did not play in the pre-season as well and even placed his house in Philadelphia for sale.

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However, after being imposed with fines, Simmons did report for training. He was requested to leave the training by coach Doc Rivers and was suspended for the Sixers‘ season opener.

Since then, there has been little noise about Ben Simmons. Despite this, teams are still interested in him, with the latest being the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Ben Simmons linked with a move to Cleveland Cavaliers

The 2016 champions Cleveland Cavaliers have been struggling to make it to the last few years. However, they are linked with Ben Simmons and are an intriguing choice for Simmons. According to journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, the Cavaliers are an interesting team to watch for Simmons and they have been engaged with the Sixers regarding him.

“Here’s an interesting team to watch, the Cleveland Cavaliers, who before they went on this really incredible start to the season, had been engaged with Philly on Simmons,” said Wojnarowski.

“They’ve got some really intriguing assets either in a straight deal with Philly or perhaps a three or four-team deal, and we reported earlier J. B. Bickerstaff agreed to a new extension today through ’26-’27, but this is a team in Cleveland that’s just a game out of third place.”

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Indeed, the Cavaliers could potentially be an interesting team for Simmons. They had failed to make it to the playoffs for three seasons in a row. However, they have a good roster this time and are currently 5th on the Eastern Conference table.

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The Cavaliers are currently on 20-13 this season with a .606 winning percentage so far. They have some top players in Kevin Love, Darius Garland, and Jarrett Allen. With Ben Simmons at their helm, they can build a strong team, and who knows, maybe even fight for the championship.

 

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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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