Former Lakers Guard to Get Shipped For Ben Simmons? NBA Insider Reveals Team Interested in Trading For The 76ers All Star

Published 01/12/2022, 12:30 PM 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


With the trade deadline day less than a month away, the rumors are flying left, right and center. The talk of the town is the estranged Philadelphia 76ers star, Ben Simmons.

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Simmons has been asking for a trade away from the 76ers for quite some time now. However, it seems like the 76ers can’t find a way out for the star.

Although, according to the latest rumor, a huge trade could be underway involving Simmons and Tobias Harris.

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Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) greets Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) before the start of the game at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

76ers looking to include another player with Simmons 

With no end to the Ben Simmons drama, a desperate Philadelphia 76ers are reportedly open to including another star in the trade. Tobias Harris is the name coming up according to multiple sources.

According to Marc J. Spears and NBC Sports, the Atlanta Hawks might be scouting Simmons for a possible trade. The 76ers are including a surprise package in the deal, and it’s Tobias Harris.

However, it is still unclear whether the Hawks would still be interested in taking Harris. A bad season and huge salaries pose a problem for teams looking to acquire Harris’ services.

The Ben Simmons drama

Simmons is yet to appear for a game for the Philadelphia 76ers and his future is still in the air. The drama started all the way back in January 2021 when Simmons was involved in trade talks involving James Harden.

Although the deal did not go through, the fact that the Philadelphia 76ers were looking to move Ben Simmons away seemed to have upset many fans and the player himself.

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

Simmons had a disappointing season and all trade talks involving him reached no fruition. His rebellion was becoming more and more evident with each passing day as he even missed the 76ers’ media day.

Both camps have yet to come to an agreement as Philadelphia still tries to get a trade deal for him.

Is a deal involving D’Angelo Russell and Simmons on the cards?

Out of the many teams looking to take Ben Simmons in their roster, the Minnesota Timberwolves are desperate for the Australian’s signature.

Reports state that the Timberwolves are looking to offer every player in a trade, including former Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell. The only untouchables in the Wolves’ camp remain Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns.

Russell has been the weak point in the Timberwolves defense and Ben Simmons can certainly help fix that. With Russell on guard duties, opponents are shooting 51.8% on two-pointers. Although he has improved upon his defense this season, Simmons is a sure-shot upgrade with his defensive qualities.

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Russell averages 18.6 points,3.7 rebounds, and 7.0 assists per game this season.

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Abhinava Ghosh

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Abhinava is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Journalism and Mass Communication. Abhinava has been following NBA for the past 6 years and is a huge fan of the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry.

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