Minnesota Timberwolves To Play Wait Game in Hopes to Land Ben Simmons?

Published 09/22/2021, 3:30 AM EDT
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


The situation between Ben Simmons and Philadelphia 76ers keeps worsening with time. Ever since reports that Ben Simmons wants out of Philly, teams have been on their feet to find the perfect opportunity. Now, one of the teams who have a plan in mind are the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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The Timberwolves have been a lottery team for the past few seasons. However, their recent roster could spark hope. With Anthony Edwards, D’Angelo Russell and KAT as a trio, they can develop into a serious threat. However, injuries have kept this trio from playing many games together.

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

The Timberwolves are keeping a close eye on the Simmons situation. With clear potential in sight, they have a plan up their sleeves to land Ben Simmons.

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Simmons made it clear to Philly that he wants out. This came from all the criticism that came his way following his playoff failure last season. Currently, 76ers are expecting an All-Star in return for Simmons, but just how long can they wait and risk their season?

This is what Minnesota hopes to capitalize on. Their main goal now is to wait patiently for the Simmons situation to take a more uncomfortable turn. This is because they want to avoid giving up an All-Star and still land one of the best defensive players in the league right now.

It is justifiable on their part as there is serious potential with their trio on an offensive standpoint. But they seriously lack defense in their lineup. And Simmons would be a perfect answer to their problems. They won’t need him to focus on offence as much which will suit the Australian star as well. Hence, it is a win-win situation for both parties.

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

But can they realistically keep up the waiting game? While Minnesota are hopeful, they aren’t the only team after him. If Philly stay resilient, some team could offer a star and take Simmons from under the Timberwolves’ nose. With Simmons putting up 14 points and 7 rebounds, not many would hesitate to chase after him.

What do Timberwolves need to keep ready?

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If push comes to shove, Minnesota will need to be open to offering some talent for Ben Simmons. And the one player that would work for them would be D’Angelo Russell. While the guard is extremely skillful, his injury concerns could always be a problem.

Feb 3, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Minnesota Timberwolves guard D’Angelo Russell (0) dribbles past San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) in the second half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

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Moreover, Philly will receive a guard with great offensive game solving their problems as well. Offering KAT or Edwards will be off the table for Minnesota, given their age and potential to grow. KAT is unarguably the best shooting big in the league and Edwards is coming off a great rookie year.

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Hence, while waiting right now makes sense, they can’t put all their eggs in that basket. Having a backup plan is crucial if they are serious about landing Ben Simmons. Do you want to see Simmons in Minnesota? Let us know in the comments below.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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