“Philly Fans Gave Up on Him”: Shaquille O’Neal Urges Ben Simmons to Move On From Philadelphia 76ers

Published 09/01/2021, 12:58 AM EDT
Jan 27, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris (12) celebrates with guard Ben Simmons (25) and center Joel Embiid (21) after scoring the game winning basket during the fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports


The NBA’s off-season has been a wild yet encouraging ride for many teams. They have added new talents in hopes to compete next season. However, one player remains to be hot in trade talks. Philly’s Ben Simmons has been silent since his last playoffs.

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Simmons has cut off all communication with Philadelphia’s front office, hinting at a move out. While there is no official trade yet, the ‘Big Aristotle’ thinks a move is surely on its way for Ben Simmons.

Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) blocks a shot by Atlanta Hawks center Clint Capela (15) during the second half during game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
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Shaq is confident that Ben Simmons will leave Sixers

Recently, Shaquille O’Neal sat down with Complex for an interview. He spoke about selling his Kings’ stocks, the NBA off-season, and much more. Notably, he also commented on Ben Simmons’ future with Philadelphia.

Shaq himself has been a player who moved around the league. While he did so after his prime, he does have some experience in such places. Hence, when it comes to Ben, he thinks that there is no way that he will be a Sixer when the next season starts off.

Apr 26, 2021; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) saves a ball headed out of bounds during the first quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters

Shaq said: “I say no. He hasn’t had a lot of communication with them this summer. He hasn’t gotten any better over the last four years. If you don’t have communication with upstairs it’s not going to go well. Philly fans gave up on him, or are starting to give up on him. It’ll probably be good for him to go somewhere else. But I follow him and he’s been shooting that jumper on his page. So if he does comeback his jumper better be Steph Curry’s.”

Clearly, Shaq is keeping some high benchmarks for the Australian for the coming NBA season. But, he also made it clear that it would be good if Simmons moves since he has not improved in the last four years. Moreover, he has zero communication with 76ers management.

With a Simmons move looking likely, who would be an ideal replacement for Philadelphia?

Who is the best fit for Philadelphia?

With Golden State emerging as favorites to sign Simmons, it would most likely be a three-team trade. The teams involved would be the Warriors, Sixers, and Sacramento. If the trade goes through, Philly could receive Buddy Hield, Kuminga, Moody, and Haliburton.

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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

This would provide a tremendous boost for Philly as they would receive a truckload of young talent. Moreover, Hield will also solve their shooting problem as he is one of the most successful shooters in the NBA. Notably, Hield came in second behind Curry for the most three-pointers made in the regular season with 282.

However, the Warriors will have to trade their entire young core for Ben Simmons. Currently, that seems unlikely. If the trade does happen, would you like to see Ben Simmons in the Bay? 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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