Is anyone interested in the slightly used Ben Simmons?
After some playoff performances sounded the death knell of his Philadelphia career, Simmons will almost certainly start the 2021-22 NBA season with another team. According to reports, after Simons’ agent Rich Paul discussed a potential deal with the 76ers front desk shortly after the end of the playoffs, Philadelphia seemed willing to make a deal.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported that “(The 76ers) want an All-Star in return.” This is not surprising, and any Simmons deal may involve more. But if this is what they want, a player who has become the third team of several NBA’s best defensive teams and a best NBA team, that’s delicious.
In fact, there are many factors to consider in the Simmons trade: The 76ers’ asking price is one of them, but perhaps the most important factor is salary space. Simmons owes $146,684,160 for the 2024-25 season and holds 15% of the trade kickers in his contract.
Despite this, Charania reports that Simmons’ market is still “strong” and that many teams will buy him at “achievable” prices and attractive ages (Simmons turns 25 on July 20).
Simmons’ playoff performance was highlighted by poor shooting and lack of enthusiasm late in the game, which led to Philadelphia’s loss to the Hawks in the second round. After speculation that Simmons might represent Australia in the Olympics, the defender is sitting down to train for his game.
As long as he knows his game, whether improved or not, it is likely that he will play for a team other than the 76ers at the end of the 2021-22 NBA season.