NBA Rumors: Latest Ben Simmons Trade News That Might Make Zion Williamson Happy

Published 12/15/2021, 12:11 PM EST
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 potential destinations for Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons are only increasing. After the youngster made his decision not to continue with his franchise, he has been warming the bench. Ever since then, numerous rumors have emerged, but none of which have transpired into anything worthwhile. Now, the New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly joined the race to sign Simmons permanently.

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Currently, the Sixers sit just within the top-8, with Joel Embiid pretty much carrying the side. Looking to offload Simmons now, Philly has been facing a dilemma. After a torrid time with Philadelphia last year, Ben Simmons opted out of playing for the franchise. Due to apparent standoffs with coach Doc Rivers as well as Joel Embiid, he has been on the sidelines and has received hefty fines.

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In addition, the 25-year-old revealed that he has been battling some issues on the mental side. Finally, there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for Ben. After recent updates involving the Lakers and Spurs, Zion Williamson’s Pelicans are the latest entrants.

Reports: Zion Williamson’s Pelicans interested in Ben Simmons

Owing to fitness concerns, young Zion has missed the season thus far for New Orleans. A proven match winner last year, he has left fans disappointed in 2021-22. However, desperately in need of an experienced guard, the Pelicans have reportedly shown interest in adding Simmons to their setup. And this will surely please the injured Zion who is waiting to return as soon as possible. Meanwhile, numerous reports emerged that the struggling Los Angeles Lakers are also interested in signing Simmons.

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If the former All-Defensive Team Member joins the Pelicans, he will form a deadly guard-forward duo with Zion. Both very young, it can be the perfect long term solution for the side that is sitting in the last position. According to the trustworthy Michael Scotto, Brandon Ingram hasn’t been involved in trade talks yet; rather, the franchise considers giving up their first round picks in the future. But as of now, Ingram will stay at New Orleans.

Jan 30, 2021; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) reacts after making a free throw in the third quarter against the Houston Rockets at the Smoothie King Center. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

If the Pelicans are to turn their season around, they will need a total rebuild. While Simmons could be the x-factor, it will take an all-round effort to pull back. Can the Zion-Simmons pairing work their magic for the miserly setup? Let’s wait and watch.

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is an NBA and Tennis writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, soccer and table tennis. Sankalp idolises Roger Federer and Stephen Curry, and has an inherent love for statistics.

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