Sixers, Rockets blockbuster trade featuring Ben Simmons, John Wall could be in play
The Ben Simmons saga has gripped the Philadelphia 76ers’ offseason for the most part. The fallout began after the Sixers exited the 2021 NBA Playoffs, putting into question Simmons’ worth to a title-contending team. As training camp nears, a cloud of uncertainty still looms over the 2016 NBA Draft’s first overall pick.
After talking to some folks over the weekend, it seems the Houston Rockets are seriously interested in acquiring 76ers forward Ben Simmons prior to the start of training camp.
Things remain fluid but John Wall would be headed to Philadelphia in a possible trade, per sources.
Stylistically, this deal makes sense to Philadelphia. Wall is every bit of the playmaker Simmons is despite being the lesser defender. Most importantly, Wall won’t have the same apprehensions when it comes to scoring. The presence of Joel Embiid, Danny Green, and Matisse Thybulle would be enough to make up for the defensive teeth the Sixers could lose in a Simmons trade.
Meanwhile, recent reports indicate the Rockets and Wall have agreed to find a trade for the All-Star point guard. As a 25-year-old, Ben Simmons fits Houston’s timeline. His knack for playmaking could do wonders for Jalen Green, Kevin Porter Jr. and Christian Wood.
It would require some serious financial acrobatics to make the money work on both sides. Houston would also need to part ways with future picks to push talks closer to the end zone.