Rumours: NBA Team Are Surprising Suitors For Ben Simmons as 76ers Look To Offload The Former All Star

Published 01/15/2022, 6:30 AM EST
Jun 18, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) drives to the basket against Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins (20) during the first half in game six in the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at State Farm Arena. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports


A short while ago, Ben Simmons first notified the Philadelphia 76ers that he wanted a trade. As a three-time All-Star, Simmons garnered a lot of eyeballs from teams looking to sign him. It would be hard to say that Philadelphia would simply let go of Simmons, however, because the team has gained so much from him.

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As a result, Simmons receives a high trade value, and the rest of the team knows exactly how things will turn out. In addition, the Sacramento Kings are all set and well-positioned to compete this season, as they offer a young core of talented players such as De’Aaron Fox and Tyrese Haliburton, but they are still looking for a senior leader to guide them. Being the runner-up for NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2020-2021, Simmons has no doubt generated interest, which makes Kings want a player with a more powerful offensive game like Simmons.

 Apparently, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports has obtained information regarding this and said the following:

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“The Philadelphia 76ers canvassed the prospect of a (De’Aaron) Fox, Ben Simmons trade package as recently as a few days ago, but dialogue remains exploratory due diligence.”

The Philadelphia 76ers are expecting a great candidate if they trade Ben Simmons

The 76ers were in a position to trade Simmons during the past year, but when the Brooklyn Nets came forward with the blockbuster deal, it was obvious he would stay with the team for another season. In the 76ers’ game against Miami heats in January 2021 when asked about this, Simmons stated that:

“I mean, this is a business,” Simmons said then. “Things like that happen. The only thing I can control is, you know, how I approach my workouts, the games, and my day-to-day thing. So, you know, I’m just trying to be professional and to do the right thing and help my team get wins.”

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
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Likewise, if they are looking to let Simmons go, the other team has to offer a significant return for him. In looking back at the games the 76ers played the past two seasons, it didn’t seem like the right time for the team. It will be interesting to see what happens around the February 10th trade deadline for many teams.

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Please share what you anticipate will happen in Simmons’s trade, and if it occurs, whom you think would be a logical trade candidate.

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Anshika Rai

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Anshika Rai is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Anshika has been following NBA for many years now.

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