NBA Trade Rumors: How Philadelphia 76ers Can Get Bradley Beal & Other Stars for Ben Simmons

Published 01/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) dribbles up court against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


Ben Simmons has not lived up to his potential with the Philadelphia 76ers. While he has reached All-Star status in the NBA, Simmons was expected to be a superstar for the 76ers. However, the combination between him and Joel Embiid has note yielded the results that Philly fans hoped for.

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Before James Harden was traded to the Brooklyn Nets, the 76ers were ready to send Simmons to Houston to bring the Beard to Philly. It appears as though the new president of basketball operations Daryl Morey is ready to trade in Simmons for a win-now superstar. But with Houston off the table, which team can realistically trade for Ben Simmons?

1. Ben Simmons goes to the Washington Wizards

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Dec 23, 2020; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) controls the ball against Washington Wizards guard Russell Westbrook (4) during the second quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The 76ers can package Ben Simmons along with Mattise Thybulle and two first-round picks in exchange for Bradley Beal from the Wizards. This would give the 76ers their win-now superstar in the back-court to pair with Joel Embiid. Beal can shoot the basketball really well and would make the 76ers immediate contenders.

The Wizards receive Ben Simmons, whom they can center their rebuild around. Pairing Simmons with Russell Westbrook would be a plus for the Wizards. Simmons can learn from one of the best athletic point guards to play in the NBA. Both play a similar style, so accommodating the two will be difficult. But this can yield positive results if done right.

2. Simmons goes to Sacramento

Dec 27, 2020; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance Jr. (22) during the second quarter at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

For this trade, Ben Simmons and Mattise Thybulle go to Sacramento in exchange for Harrison Barnes and Cory Joseph. Barnes would be an excellent addition to the 76ers, who would add another option of the court for shooting. Cory Joseph will provide valuable minutes from the bench.

The Kings get an All-Star whom they can build their team around. Currently, the Kings have several three-point shooting options whom they can rely on to make up for Simmons. The Kings can look forward to a bright future if they can help further develop Simmons into a superstar.

3. Ben Simmons joins Gregg Popovich

Jan 2, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier (3) and forward Gordon Hayward (20) during the fourth quarter at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

For this trade, Ben Simmons would go to the San Antonio Spurs in exchange for Dejounte Murray, Patty Mills, and Lonnie Walker IV. The 76ers would receive multiple potent options for the backcourt. Having played in the Spurs culture, these players will be well-disciplined, good defenders, and make the right plays offensively.

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The Spurs receive a perennial All-Star and DPOY candidate in Simmons. Gregg Popovich is an excellent coach who can bring the best out of most players. If he can help Simmons improve both on and off the ball, then the Spurs will once again be a significant threat in the Western Conference.

Will the 76ers trade Simmons?

Ben Simmons’ name is often thrown around in trade rumors. But the 76ers are yet to pull the trigger on any kind of move for him. Will they give him one more season to try to get success? Or has the sun set on Simmons’ time in Philadelphia?

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If the 76ers do decide to cash in on his value now, these options would get them a significant return.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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