NBA Trade Rumors: Insider Reveals Three Most Probable Land Spots for Philadelphia Sixers’ Ben Simmons

Published 07/28/2021, 10:20 PM EDT
Jan 25, 2021; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots in the second half against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports


One poor season can do all the damage to an NBA player’s demand in the trade market. Last year, it happened with the image of Dennis Schroder, Tyler Herro, and Kristaps Porzingis to name a few. But one name that faced the most heat was Philadelphia Sixers’ Ben Simmons.

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The 3x All-Star had a forgetful 2020-21 season where he choked in the playoffs and that tainted his worth to a great extent. From a potential DPOY to a man Philly wants out, it was a roller-coaster ride that didn’t go well. But now, the star has three potential markets that can promise a turn to his fate.

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Philadelphia Sixers have three good options for the Ben Simmons trade

Currently the 21st best-paid NBA player, Ben Simmons has four years left on his contract with the Philadelphia Sixers. Those four seasons promise him around $146 million guaranteed money and that makes him an expensive fish. 

Yet, there are three markets that can be willing to make a trade with Philly and those are the Wizards, the Raptors, and the Heat. 

Notably, Philly might demand a Russell Westbrook swap if they’re to give away Ben Simmons and that’s a big ask. Also, Ben’s history with Jimmy Butler as a teammate can make the bargain a little trickier with the Heat. So among these teams, the Raptors seem to be the most possible destination for Ben.

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Remember how the Rockets received Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs, three 1st round picks (‘22, ‘24, and ‘26), and four first round swaps (‘21, ‘23, ‘25, and ‘27) in a three-team deal for James Harden? Well, the Philadelphie Sixers want something similar for their star. As Adrian Wojnarowski recently detailed, “Sixers have been canvassing around the league and they’re asking for a massive return for Ben Simmons.”

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Now, the Raptors already declined one such demand from Philly and the Spurs joined them too. Notably, the 76ers wanted four first round picks and three swaps for young Spurs players to make the deal. The Spurs did not see a degrading Ben as a balanced package and they declined.

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Given Benn is still a promising talent, do you think the Sixers will find a trader with such enormous demands? Help us know in the comments below.

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Sourabh Singh

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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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