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RUMORS: Ben Simmons will end up in Boston if Brad Stevens ‘buys the dip’

Ben Simmons, Celtics, Sixers, Jayson Tatum

From The Bay to The Great Wall of China, Ben Simmons has been linked to almost every single destination by now. The disgruntled star has been adamant that he wants out of the Philadelphia 76ers, even if he gets fined over a million dollars if he refuses to attend training camp.

Like almost every single NBA team, the Boston Celtics are rumored to acquire Simmons. At face value, he would be a great addition as the squad’s starting PG, forming a young formidable trio with Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. Celtics boss Brad Stevens, however, is reportedly hesitant in pulling the trigger on any trade.

According to a report by Heavy, Celtics insider A. Sherrod Blakely was asked in a recent podcast if the Celtics should “buy the dip,” referring to Simmons’ spiraling value and make the first move on the Sixers. But Blakely said, by now, everything rests on Simmons.

“I could absolutely see it happening if the price keeps dropping. To me, it’s going to be one of those things where Ben Simmons would have to say ‘I want to play with Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum.’ Because there’s no way that they’re going to get either one of those guys—Philly that is—in exchange for Ben, it just won’t happen.”

The Celtics have already made moves to surround Tatum and Brown with more talent, getting back Al Horford and signing Dennis Schroder, Josh Richardson, Juancho Hernangomez, and Bruno Fernando. But getting a player with Ben Simmons’ caliber would surely bring them to another level.