The team that essentially unlocked the key to stopping Ben Simmons could be the team willing to try acquire him.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Boston Celtics have shown interest in the three-time All-Star guard.

The Boston Celtics have engaged in conversations with the 76ers revolving around Simmons and expressed interest in the 6-foot-11 guard, sources tell The Athletic. Talks have been fluid with no traction as of yet, those sources say. Any potential Simmons deal with the Celtics would have to include All-Star forward Jaylen Brown, an ascending talent who is in the midst of another career season, averaging 25.6 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists.

As Charania reports, the Sixers would likely be looking to acquire Celtics All-Star Jaylen Brown, who is having a career year in Boston.  Adding Brown would give the Sixers a slashing scorer that they lack, but can Brown get the big bucket late in games, that the team currently lacks.

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Brown, who is currently out with a hamstring injury, is average 25.6 points per game, hitting 39.6% of this 3-point tries.

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This would be an ultimate change of scenery and philosophy trade for both teams, with the Celtics realizing they aren't good enough as currently constructed and the Sixers obviously looking to move on from the Simmons drama.

Philadelphia enters play on Monday night at 8-2, good for first-place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, while Boston is 4-6 over its first 10 games this season.

Remember the Boston Celtics hired former Sixers assistant Ime Udoka, who knows Simmons from his time in Philadelphia.

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