Minnesota Timberwolves’ New GM Eager to Bring In Ben Simmons but Faces a Huge New Roadblock

Published 10/02/2021, 9:00 AM EDT
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


Ever since he expressed his desire to leave the franchise, many teams want Ben Simmons. The deteriorating relationship between Simmons and the 76’ers came to a boiling point after his disappointing performances caused a lot of fans to turn their backs on him.

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Simmons had enough of it. Thus, he wanted to leave the franchise as soon as possible with the Minnesota Timberwolves in contention. Moreover, the newly elected Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations in Minnesota wants to bring him to the team.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

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Is Ben Simmons heading to Minnesota?

The team seems to be the favorites to bring the 76ers’ All-star to the team. With the new VP Sachin Gupta hired by the team, journalist Darren Wolfson tweeted the details going on with Simmons’ possible trade deal.

It seems as though the teams are looking for a potential three-way trade to land Simmons with the Timberwolves. Hence, Gupta wants to get another team on board to complete the deal. There are many theories out there about a trade to happen between the Timberwolves, 76ers, and Cavaliers.

As there are no viable plans for Tyrese Maxey in Philadelphia, he, along with Malik Beasley are expected to move to Cleveland while Collin Sexton ends up with the 76ers. This would help the Timberwolves to land Ben Simmons.

This would be a good move for the player who wants to leave the franchise to start afresh.

A broken relationship between players and Simmons

Moreover, many players who play for the 76ers want him to leave as Joel Embiid is done with his antics.

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Jun 20, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) reacts after scoring against the Atlanta Hawks during the first quarter of game seven of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

“The situation is disappointing, borderline kind of disrespectful to all the guys that are out here fighting for their lives,” said Embiid.

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It makes complete sense as these players tried to talk to Simmons, although, to be denied by him. He added how Simmons wanted to build the team around him but the big center retaliated by speaking about how they wanted to accommodate him all the time. In addition, Jimmy Butler and Al Horford got traded so that they could give the ball to Simmons. But, the point guard never failed to repay that trust.

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Thus, the departure of Simmons would be important for both the franchise and the player. With the Timberwolves wanting to tie him up, it would be a fresh start for both the player and the team to move on from this long and debilitating saga.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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