Charles Barkley Urges Philadelphia 76ers to Do This Astonishing Trade

Published 10/26/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Dec 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports


In the past few months, the NBA world has been busy covering the Ben Simmons story. Fans are hooked to the next move in this saga and it’s a controversy that continues to dominate headlines. The question is, where will Philadelphia send their defensive All-Star? Well, pundits are up on debate surrounding this.

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The Ben Simmons tale began during the 2021 postseason’s Eastern Conference Semifinals. It was Hawks vs Sixers and the seven-game series turned thrilling by the end of it. Simmons passed up a dunk opportunity in clutch moments of game 7, and Philadelphia’s playoff run ended.

After this incident, there have been many turns to this story. While Simmons formed a salty relationship with his teammates and the 76ers management, the DPOY contender requested a trade from Philadelphia. The 76ers front office hasn’t been able to find a deal for Simmons yet, and in turn, he has also missed several practices. Fined for his recent blemishes with the team, Simmons is now hanging in an awkward position.

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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

Barkley makes an off-beat suggestion for the Ben Simmons situation

Former Suns player and present NBA analyst, Charles Barkley has an astonishing suggestion to make for Simmons‘ trade destination.

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Barkley believes that Nets and Sixers should make a deal for a Kyrie Irving and Ben Simmons swap. While Nets’ Big 2 Kevin Durant and James Harden will be thrashing opponents offensively, Simmons can handle the defensive arena. On the other hand, Sixers will find suitable support for Joel Embiid in Irving.

Barkley said, “Yes, I would do that deal right away. I think it would benefit both teams.”

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Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after a three point shot against the Milwaukee Bucks during the first quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Is this a good idea for the All-stars?

Simmons going to Brooklyn Nets will be a huge headline on NBA papers. But the Nets breaking up their Big 3 is an extremely unlikely possibility. Irving, Durant, and Harden suffice a superstar blockbuster show on the court. While Irving is not seen much on the court these days, the other two are doing their job well.

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Simmons is yet to find his balance in the league after a poor playoff season last time. If at all he finds himself in Irving’s place this season, what are your thoughts about this? Let us know in the comments below.

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Pavni Ahuja

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Pavni Ahuja is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Housing a keen interest in sports journalism, she is pursuing an undergraduate Journalism degree from Christ University. Pavni is an ardent fan of the NBA, with prior district-level playing experience in basketball.

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