NBA Trade Rumor: Sixers’ Ben Simmons Drops a Major Hint that Lakers Can be His Next Destination

Published 06/30/2021, 9:27 PM EDT
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


The Sixers wasted their chance to become the next EC team to reach the NBA finals after topping the regular season. The last time it happened was in 2016 when LeBron James’ 57-25 Cavaliers routed their competition. As far as the WC goes, the Lakers had done it last season itself.

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A major cause behind the Sixers succumbing against the Hawks was the poor performance from Ben Simmons. The youngster was underconfident, underachieving, and underwhelming even in his stronger areas.

But now, leaving his recent past behind, Ben is showing signs of making a huge career move.

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Ben Simmons in the city of Los Angeles?

Recently, the 24-YO brought a whopping $17.5 million mansion in the Hidden Hills, a gated community in LA county. The newly developed property is spread over an area of 1.5 acres with the living structure occupying 12000 sq ft. Surprisingly, the released pictures of the mansion did not have any hoop for Ben to practice his shooting. 

Now, it is worth considering that this can be a telling sign of the upcoming trade window for the athlete. The Sixers fans are almost done with him and want him out after his depleting performance.

He averaged a playoff-low 11.9 points and shot a league-low 34.2% from the free-throw line in the 2021 postseason.

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The real estate move is hinting towards a Lakers trade and two other things

Remember, how by the year 2016, Maverick Carter, LeBron James, and Rich Paul had purchased properties in LA? It was a sure-shot signal that Bron was ready to take his talents to the Lakers.

Now, Ben Simmons’ move is hinting towards the same. Otherwise, why would he purchase such a lavish property more than 2700 miles away from Philly?

But hold on to that thought because the Lakers might have to scrutinize a lot before coming to one such deal. Rob Pelinka is in urgent need of a floor spacer and a prolific shooter, none of which are Ben’s expertise.

However, Bron likes him and that was the reason he picked the defensive gun for his ASG team.

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Other than that angle, his choice of the Hidden Hills also means that he would get to live near many Kardashians. And if that does not make sense today, how about the odds of joining the Clippers?

Coach Ty Lue has praised his talent on various occasions, and that also means something.

So there’s a lot of speculation. Which one seems more real to you? Help us know in the comments.

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Sourabh Singh is an NBA sports analyst for EssentiallySports, who has been working with the site since May 2020. Prior to this, he functioned as Managing Editor at WittyFeed, followed by a stint at Decathlon. The Sports Management graduate leads an active lifestyle, veering to the mountains for off-trail adventures.

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