Are We in the Final Days of the Ben Simmons Era?
The NBA Draft is here, the Sixers currently hold the No.28 pick in tonight's draft, but all eyes will be on Ben Simmons and his future with the team.
Are we in the final days of the Simmons era?
According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers "continue to canvass the league for Ben Simmons trades," and while the Simmons camp is on board with being moved, the team is reported to have "a steep asking price."
While a draft-night trade is a possibility, as Wojnarowski tweets, talks could continue into the summer.
As we discussed on Wednesday's edition of The Sports Bash with NBA writer Jake Fischer of Bleacher Report, there are three teams that have their eyes on Simmons, Miami, Toronto and Washington.
The team is said to have made a offer to Toronto which included Kyle Lowry (via sign-and-trade), Fred VanVleet, OG Anunoby, and the fourth overall pick, which Toronto rejected. Miami seems like an awkward fit, pairing Simmons back up with Jimmy Butler. Any Washington deal would likely have to involve Bradley Beal, who at this stage has yet to request a trade.
Portland of course has Dame Lillard, who has been somewhat wishy-washy on his future with the Blazers. There is a group of teams that had interest early in the process, Indiana, Minnesota, Sacramento and Cleveland, none of which seem to have an attractive enough package to get a player of Simmons caliber.
While some reports have indicated that a deal is imminent, and many expect a deal to happen, possibly tonight. According to Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report, the team hopes to move Simmons tonight, adding the relationship seems to be over,
The only deal Morey will make involving Simmons will be to make the team better, not different.
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