Report: Pacers Among Teams that Have Talked to Sixers About Simmons
Ben Simmons picked up at $227,000 fine for not appearing in the Sixers game on Monday night in Toronto. The fines will continue to pile up unless the team trades him or he decides that he is ready to return the team.
The later seems highly unlikely, but there is some news on the possibility of the former from NBA writer Ian Begley from SNY in New York.
League sources confirm that the Pacers are among the teams who have talked to the Philadelphia 76ers about a potential Simmons trade. Caris LeVert was among the players brought up in those communications, per SNY sources.
The report mentions Caris LeVert, a scoring off-guard who had a terrific season in Indiana,scoring 20.2 points and 5.2 assists in in 47 games between Brooklyn and Indiana. One thing LeVert struggles with is the 3-point shot, connecting on just 32.6% from three-point range.
The 27-year old has two years left on his deal including this season.
Another name that was mentioned as a possibility early on in Simmons trade talks include guard Malcolm Brogdon. The NBA Trade 28-year old point guard averaged 21.2 points, 5.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 2.6 made threes on 38.48% shooting from 3-point range.
The deal would work money-wise, with LeVert and Brogdon making a combined $39.2 million and Simmons making $33 million this season.
The Pacers aren't the only team keeping tabs on the Simmons vs Sixers situation with the Kings, Timberwolves, Cavaliers, Pistons, Raptors and Spurs all interested in what it might take to obtain his services, according to Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
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