‘Who’s Going To Take You?’: Shaquille O’Neal’s Brutally Honest Question for Ben Simmons

Published 10/07/2021, 11:20 AM EDT


Several sources have made predictions on the future of Ben Simmons. Some of them make bizarre predictions about teams that may give up valuable pieces for Simmons. However, NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal has a brutally honest opinion about this entire saga.

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Ever since Ben declared his intention of not playing another game in the Philadelphia colors, the NBA community has been curious to find out where Simmons will end up. Unfortunately, in Shaq’s trusted opinion, Ben Simmons may not leave Philadelphia after all. This is what he told Sports Illustrated in an interview for their show ‘The Crossover’

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Shaquille O’Neal’s opinion on the Ben Simmons trade saga

On the Crossover podcast, Shaq spoke to Chris Mannix about the ugly feud involving trade demands and withheld paychecks.  Shaq says the criticism of Simmons from Joel Embiid, Doc Rivers, and the 76ers is valid. Among several ways in which he criticized the situation, he asked a few hypothetical but brutally honest questions directed at Ben Simmons in general.

He said, “Okay, you want to be traded. Who’s going to take you? Who’s going to take you? Nobody’s giving up good pieces for a guy that don’t want to shoot in the fourth quarter. I’m not. I’m not taking that 200 million dollar salary, I’m not taking it. So you know, I know you’re not coming to camp and you want to be traded. But you know a good team in Philadelphia, they’re going to want to get good pieces for you. And I’m not giving up a piece that can shoot better than you, and is that more aggressive than you in the fourth quarter. So he probably gonna have to go back to Philly or just sit out the year.”

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May 29, 2021; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) celebrates with 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter during game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Capital One Arena. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

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What does this mean for the Philadelphia 76ers?

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While Shaq’s opinion might sound rude, he makes sense. The 76ers will not want to let go of an all-star caliber max contract player without receiving assets like draft assets or young players with a lot of potential. While they have refused to pay Ben Simmons for now, he does still take up the cap space on this roster. So the 76ers have to decide whether to make the statement that a player cannot dictate the terms of his contract unilaterally. So are the 76ers right in refusing to trade Simmons for lesser than the expected demand?

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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